Archives for February 2009

A Brother’s Wisdom 7

James, the brother of Jesus, is no promiser of happy days. Notice what he says in James 1:6-8: 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything [Read More…]

A Brief Letter from a Friend: Everday Heresies

Great question I’ve been asked: Scot, what are the “everyday heresies” the church embraces and/or espouses? Any insight? Wondering if complacency, consumerism, and the outsourcing of parental responsibility are more harmful than doctrinal irregularities or inconsistencies. [Read more…]

Pastor’s Bookshelf: Matthew

I’m going to begin a series on commentaries for pastors, teachers, and those who want to study the New Testament. I will try to give my top five commentaries, but one has to make judgments each time and there are many others who could be mentioned. Go ahead and mention others. So, here goes for [Read More…]

Orchard Grove Community Church

Last Thursday Kris and I flew up to Detroit for a conference put on by Orchard Grove Community Church called Equip. Chris Cramer, a lead pastor, knew how much he had benefited from attending conferences and yearned for his whole church to go … which usually can’t happen, so he brought the conferences to Orchard [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 6

James is like his brother Jesus in how he understands God. God is good and God is there and God is not silent and God responds. who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. One thinks of a text like Matthew 7:7-11: 7 “Ask and it will be given [Read More…]

Romans 5: Part 2 – Adam (RJS)

Romans 5:12-21 proves to be one of the key texts in any discussion of science and faith these days.  We began a discussion of this passage last week with a consideration of the meaning and nature of the death introduced in Gen 3.  Another issue in the conflict or reconciliation of scientific knowing with the [Read More…]

Prayer Book Suggestions

Last week one of the prayers in the prayer book tradition Kris and I use (The Divine Hours: Prayers for Springtime (Tickle, Phyllis) ) was this prayer: O Lord, you have taught us that without love whatever we do is worth nothing: Send your Holy Spirit and pour into my heart your greatest gift, which [Read More…]


I’m a bit behind getting up a brief report on my time in San Diego at the National Pastor’s Convention. The NPC is a mix of young pastors and older pastors, a mix of concerns for both, and a whole lot of getting to see folks I love to see. And I thought I’d focus [Read More…]

A Brother’s Wisdom 5

James starts off James 1:5 with a line that has brought comfort to many: If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. Many take comfort in being able to turn to God for wisdom, and they should. Why [Read More…]

A Pastoral Question

This pastor gave permission to take this letter to the Jesus Creed blog. So, what is your advice and wisdom? Hi Scot,  I’m a pastor near Minneapolis.  I have a question that I’m wondering if you could give me some insight on.  God has been doing wonderful work in bringing many young unmarried couples with [Read More…]