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.)

 

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • RJS

    Scot,

    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.

    peace

  • 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!


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