The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible

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Zondervan, Dec 30, 2008 - Religion - 240 pages
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"Why Can’t I Just Be a Christian?”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.

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The book is, essentially, an argument for the ordination of women. The author claims that, years before writing the book, he met the respected Bible scholar F. F. Bruce in England, and Bruce (the ... Read full review

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Although the book is easy to read, by the time I read 50 pages I realized I was once again on the familiar turf of "All Christians pick and choose which parts of the Bible to believe" and "Everything ... Read full review


The Birds and I
Part 1
Part 2
What Do I Do with the Bible?
God Speaks We Listen
The Boring Chapter on Missional Listening
The Year of Living Jesusly
What Did Women Do in the Old Testament?
What Did Women Do in the New Testament?
Silencing the Blue Parakeet
Now What?
After Words
Images of Jesus
Juvenal on FirstCentury Women

Finding the Pattern of Discernment
Women in Church Ministries Today
The Bible and Women
About the Author
Part 3

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Scot McKnight (PhD, Nottingham) is the Julius R. Mantey Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the award-winning The Jesus Creed as well as The King Jesus Gospel, A Fellowship of Differents, One.Life, The Blue Parakeet, and Kingdom Conspiracy.

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