A Day with James at Parkview

Parkview Christian Church invited me to come spend a day with some folks for what I called “A Day with the Letter of James.” The pastor of spiritual formation, Casey Tygrett, invited me — and we fired up just after 8am and didn’t finish until 3pm. So, it was a full day.

And it was a lively, energizing, and I hope mutually beneficial session. I really enjoyed the folks at Parkview — and it was good to see Casey again.

James is a one-of-a-kind letter, springing as it does from the messianists of Judaism, written (so I think) by a brother of Jesus, not utilizing the typical salvation categories of Paul, Peter or Hebrews, and striking its ground in the wisdom tradition.

Here are some themes we dipped into — James and Jesus, the meaning of “trials” in James 1:2 (economic oppression), a possible temptation to use violence, how Christian James is — in my commentary I argue Luther got this wrong, and the Christian life as a life of doing good works. I was surprised I didn’t even get through all my notes, but that was mostly because the folks at Parkview had so many good questions.  (See our James.)


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  • RJS


    In the last paragraph

    how Christian James is — in my commentary I argue got this wrong,

    Who got this wrong? Your commentary?

  • scotmcknight

    Luther… fixed it.

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    I bought Scot’s commentary and James and have to put a plug in for it. I am no scholar, but this is readable and thorough. I wish I had the time to sit around and read and discuss this kind of stuff all day.

    Scot, I hear it was a full day, but this would be a full semester!

  • http://LostCodex.com DRT

    Oops, I want to be clear, I don’t think that people who dedicate their lives to this type of study are just sitting around discussing this. But that is what I want to do :)

  • http://whatwouldwoodyguthriedo.blogspot.com waylon

    Scot, Casey Tygrett is an awesome guy! Sometime we 3 should go bowling.

  • scotmcknight

    “Bowling”? How about “golfing”?!

  • http://www.caseytygrett.com Casey Tygrett

    Yeah, I tried to talk Waylon into that but he has a high profanity quotient when golfing apparently. I’m entering into prayer and fasting for him right now.


  • John W Frye

    Scot, in a Sunday evening Bible study group we are studying the Book of James. Your commentary is excellent. I always wondered about what the ‘engrafted/implanted word’ phrase meant. Your tying it to Jeremiah 31 (New Covenant realities) was a wonderful “Aha!” for me. Thanks for your ministry through writing!