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Blue Parakeet, The: Rethinking How You Read the Bible (McKnight)

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The Blue Parakeet is author Scot McKnight’s deeply reasoned, compelling statement of how to read the Bible in a new evangelical generation. In re-examining the Bible, McKnight provides an exciting “Third Way” that appeals to the millions in today’s church who long to be authentic Christians, but don’t consider themselves theologically conservative or liberal.

Parakeets make delightful pets. We cage them or clip their wings to keep them where we want them. Scot McKnight contends that many, conservatives and liberals alike, attempt the same thing with the Bible. We all try to tame it.

McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet has emerged at the perfect time to cool the flames of a world on fire with contention and controversy. It calls Christians to a way to read the Bible that leads beyond old debates and denominational battles. It calls Christians to stop taming the Bible and to let it speak anew for a new generation.

In his books The Jesus Creed and Embracing Grace, Scot McKnight established himself as one of America’s finest Christian thinkers, an author to be reckoned with. In The Blue Parakeet, McKnight again touches the hearts and minds of today’s Christians, this time challenging them to rethink how to read the Bible, not just to puzzle it together into some systematic theology but to see it as a Story that we’re summoned to enter and to carry forward in our day.

In his own inimitable style, McKnight sets traditional and liberal Christianity on its ear, leaving readers equipped, encouraged, and emboldened to be the people of faith they long to be.

You may also be interested in The King Jesus Gospel by McKnight.

The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible
• Author: Scot McKnight
• Publisher: Zondervan (2008)

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October 30, 2013  |  2:58 PM   |    Mediocre (2)
If you are looking for a book that will help you get more out of your Bible reading, Scot McKnight’s The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, despite its subtitle, is not what you are looking for. It is not that McKnight does not talk a lot about how we read Scripture, he does. Aside from the emerg ent, missional language, and the “modern generation” style of the discussion, however, there is little “new” in what he has to say that has not been said much more clearly and helpfully in more “traditional works.”

For an excellent review on this book james White of Equip:

The major problem I see in Scot’s emphasis on the Bible as Story and his dismissal of systematic theology is that he himself is not able to live up to his own dichotomy. By the Gospel Coalition