December 14, 2017

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Sixteen (final)

Wednesdays with James Lesson Sixteen: The Pastoral Community We have come to our final study in the Epistle of James. Here, once again, is our diagram of the entire letter, and as you see, it closes with a group of closing exhortations. Are any among you suffering? Let them pray. Are any cheerful? Let them sing psalms. Are […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Fifteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Fifteen: Those Who Endure Are Blessed We have come to the final part of the central section in James. In this section, James has been exploring the three themes he introduced in chapter one. In the following table, you can see how themes from chapter one are reintroduced and developed here, near the end of […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Fourteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Fourteen: Business Ambitions and Rotting Riches We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The third and final theme James discusses, […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: September 4, 2016

(Click picture to see larger image) Loving Working Work was a shining refuge when wind sank its tooth into my mind. Everything we love is going away, drifting – but you could sweep this stretch of floor, this patio or porch, gather white stones in a bucket, rake the patch for future planting, mop the […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Thirteen

Wednesdays with James Lesson Thirteen: The Two Ways — Time to Choose We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses […]

Pic & Poem of the Week: August 28, 2016

(Click on picture for larger image) • • • The painter Harlan Hubbard said that he was painting Heaven when the places he painted merely were the Campbell or the Trimble County banks of the Ohio, or farms and hills where he had worked or roamed: a house’s gable and roofline rising from a fold […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Twelve

Wednesdays with James Lesson Twelve: Wise Up! We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses has to do with wise […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Eleven

Wednesdays with James Lesson Eleven: Stressed-Out Speech Sinks Ships We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The second theme James discusses has to do […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Ten

Wednesdays with James Lesson Ten: The Old “Faith & Works” Debate — Completely Unnecessary We continue our study in the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail and in reverse order. The first […]

Wednesdays with James: Lesson Nine

Wednesdays with James Lesson Nine: Are you not discriminating among yourselves? We enter the central section of the Epistle of James today. In the body of this encyclical, the author takes up the three themes he introduced in chapter one, addressing them in more detail in reverse order. James begins with matters related to relations between […]