North Park Professors Win EPA Awards

Bradley Nassif and Scot McKnight

The Evangelical Press Association honors two biblical and theological studies professors

CHICAGO (May 29, 2009) – They’re not exactly environmental activists, but North Park professors Bradley Nassif and Scot McKnight are still making an impact on the world—through the power of the pen. Both authors were recognized by the Evangelical Press Association (“the other EPA”) for their contributions to an article series that appeared in Christianity Today in 2008.

The series received a second place award at the EPA’s annual convention, which was held May 8 in Indianapolis in conjunction with the Associated Church Press (ACP).

McKnight’s article, “The 8 Marks of a Robust Gospel,” was featured in March 2008 and focused on reviving “the forgotten chapters in the story of redemption.” Nassif’s “The Poverty of Love,” appeared in May, and drew on the classical wisdom of the “Desert Fathers and Mothers” as contemporary guides to faith. Both pieces were written in response to the question, “Is our gospel too small?”

The ACP also honored two members of the North Park Theological Seminary community with awards in its Best of the Christian Press competition.

Seminary president and dean Jay Phelan and associate professor of theology D. Brent Laytham, were recognized for articles that appeared in The Covenant Companion, a publication of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Phelan, who has previously won awards from the ACP and EPA, earned an Honorable Mention (third place) for “Markings,” his monthly column, and an Honorable Mention for his editorial, “Watch Your Mouth.” Laytham earned an Award of Merit (second place) in the Seasonal Article category for “The Strong Bracing Season of Advent,” and The Covenant Companion took third place in the Top Denominational Magazine category.

Photo: Dr. Bradley Nassif (left) and Dr. Scot McKnight