Tabor College will host Scot McKnight next week for several events in Hillsboro and Wichita.
The public is invited to one or both sessions in a two-part series that will be presented at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church, 300 Prairie Pointe. The first session will begin at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 and the second part will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 12.
McKnight will also be part of a two-day Ministry Encounter experience the Tabor admissions department has set up for high school students interested in ministry.
In each of his sessions McKnight will speak on the topic, “Christians as Culture Creators.” He will address how Christians interact with the world around them to be creators of culture.
McKnight is the inaugural speaker of the program put together by the Bible department at Tabor. It is an annual academic lectureship in which a scholar is invited to present on a meaningful expression of Christian discipleship that arises from his or her professional discipline.
Douglas Miller, chair of the department, has been working with McKnight since last April on planning the first event in the new program.
“The purpose of the lectureship is to challenge and encourage believers in their individual and collective calling of work and service for Christ and his kingdom,” Miller said. “The term ‘exuadio’ is a Latin word that means to listen, comprehend and respond faithfully.”
McKnight is professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, Lombard, Illinois. Previously he taught at North Park University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written more than 50 books, both scholarly and popular, and edited or coedited a half-dozen more in addition to numerous articles and essays.
Among his publications are “The Jesus Creed,” for which he was given the Christianity Today book award for Christian living, and his coedited work, “Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels,” which won the Gold Medallion Book Award.
He maintains Jesus Creed, a popular evangelical online blog, and is in demand as a speaker at churches, conferences, colleges and seminaries in the U.S. and abroad. He and wife Kristen are the parents of two adult children.