Seminary in Oregon Hosts Author Scot McKnight for September Seminar

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Author of “The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible” speaks at George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Do we need to re-examine the meaning of ‘gospel’?

George Fox Evangelical Seminary in Oregon will host author Scot McKnight for a one-day seminar, “In the Beginning was the Gospel,” from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Sept. 29, in the seminary’s Room 155. The event is part of the seminary’s Ministry in Contemporary Culture series.

McKnight will discuss “the many differences between how we ‘evangelize’ and how the apostles evangelized,” according to McKnight. He poses the questions, “Do we need to re-examine the meaning of ‘gospel’?” “Did Jesus preach the gospel or were the apostles the first to preach the gospel?” and “How important is the cross to the gospel?”

McKnight will present three sessions: “The Gospel for Evangelicals,” “The Gospel for Paul” and “The Gospel for Jesus.”

Admission is $30 per individual, $25 for groups of two or more, and $20 for George Fox alumni and students. An optional deli lunch will be available on site for $10. The seminary is located at the George Fox University Portland Center, 12753 S.W. 68th Ave., in Portland.

Online registration is available at

McKnight is a widely recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago. A popular and witty speaker, McKnight has given interviews on radio shows across the nation, has appeared on television, and is regularly asked to speak in local churches and educational events throughout the world. His most recent books are “The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible” and “Fasting.”

More information about the seminar is available by contacting Jean Oehm Miller at 503-554-6150.

George Fox Evangelical Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree in leadership and spiritual formation, global missional leadership, and semiotics and future studies. Also offered is a Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degrees in theological studies, spiritual formation and ministry leadership. Students also may earn a certificate in spiritual formation and discipleship.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the highest Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Jean Oehm Miller
George Fox Evangelical Seminary


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