One of the mechanisms of healing that God has woven into the world is generational. The conflicts that separate people sometimes dissolve because the children of the adversaries take no interest in the matter of pride under contention. This sort of indifference is a blessing, and we should pray for more of it.
Try to remember that the next time a child rolls her eyes at you or says, “Whatever.”
You are actually witnessing an instrument of peace, one of the means (though maybe not in that very instant) by which reconciliation comes....
Posted August 30, 2012
Thank you. Things are gelling. The number of people engaged with this blog (via email, Facebook, RSS) is more than I might have expected when I began less than a year ago. I couldn’t be more grateful.
You might not think I mean you when I say “thank you,” but I do. When you entered your email address or clicked on “like,” I noticed. The vote in favor of these writings was a blessing to me. The encouragement meant more than you know.
I’d like to give away some copies of the book. Please email me the postal address of someone you'd like to see receive this book as a gift. I will include a note saying the gift is from you. Or, if you don’t have the book yourself and would like to send me your own mailing address, that works too—please do so.
I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you again.
Posted August 24, 2012
Here is a seemingly strange starting point for reading the Bible: Begin with the letter of James.
The reason this letter might seem strange as a starting point is because James comes so late in the Bible. It’s not a gospel. It’s not from Paul. This letter is so far back in the book, it feels like an appendix.
Yet the texts of the Bible were not arranged in the order in which they were written. James—Jesus’ brother—wrote what is likely to be the earliest New Testament text.
As a result, if you are not all that familiar with the contents of the New Testament, then you are in good company in reading James. Its original recipients were not all that familiar with the New Testament, either. It hadn’t been written yet.
If you are familiar with the Bible, try setting that familiarity aside. Try to imagine you don’t have the later texts—no gospels, no Pauline epistles. Try to treasure this one brief letter from James the way its first recipients did: as a document remarkably dense in spiritual substance, and just possibly as the beginning of something new.
Soon, I’m going to try something. I hope you’ll join me, and I’d welcome your help.
Starting October 1, I plan to spend one month offering daily blog posts on ideas out of the letter of James. Set aside 10 minutes or so per day for a month of exploring this text. Consider reading this little letter for yourself between now and then.
Please also help this writing find others. The daily posts begin in October, and I’ll offer some preliminary thoughts in September. If you know someone who might be interested in this walk through James, I would be honored and grateful if you would encourage them to subscribe to this blog by email or like these postings on Facebook.
[A postscript added much later: The 31 days are now done. Find links to all of the James blog posts on this page.]
Posted August 11, 2012