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Scott Daniels
I'm pastor of Nampa College Church of the Nazarene and Pastoral Scholar in Residence at Northwest Nazarene University. Debbie and I have been married for almost 30 years and we have four children Caleb, Noah, Jonah, and Sophie - and two daughters-in-law Melanie and Kerri.
Interests: You can usually find us hangin around the church. But when we aren't at church, you can find us vacationing, reading, skiing, or on the golf course.
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Toto, our eleven-year-old black miniature schnauzer, greets me every afternoon or evening when I get home. When she hears the door to the garage open, she comes tearing through the house and cries and jumps up and down until I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2019 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Twenty-five years ago, I heard Walter Brueggemann say that he believes the Scripture tells one story, it just repeats that story over and over again. The singular biblical story is this: God is calling a people out from the world... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2019 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Christian ethicist David Gushee has served this last year as the president of the American Academy of Religion. Although I have read several of his essays and articles over the years on a variety of social and ethical issues, I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2019 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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I recently finished reading Interior States- a series of beautifully written and thought-provoking essays from Meghan O'Geiblyn. The title of the book is a reference to the two locations that unify her fifteen diverse essays. The first location is the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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There are books for me that earn the distinction of having messed with my imagination. I recently finished reading Peter Leithart's book The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church, and even in the midst of reading it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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My message this morning for the first Sunday of Advent was from Isaiah 64:1-9. The text is part of a lengthy lament as the prophet implores God to tear open the heavens and come down. The lament eventually turns to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2017 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Today at Nampa College Church we held a memorial service for Gene Clark. Over the last two years, Gene has been a blessing in my life as a pastor. Each time I saw him at church, at home, or in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Deb and I arrived late last night for ten days of Nazarene General Assembly meetings in Indianapolis. I feel somewhat embarrassed about my sense of excitement. It is not a good era (at least in America) to be overly committed... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Each year I try to choose a book for the church staff and board to read and reflect on together. This year we are reading David Fitch’s latest book, Faithful Presence. I would encourage you to read it also. Fitch... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2017 at Pastor Scott's Thoughts
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 19 – March 22, 2017 Morning Psalm: 119:97-120 OT Text: Jer. 8:18-9:6 Epistle: Rom. 5:1-11 Gospel: John 8:12-20 Evening Psalm: 81, 82 Your word is a lamb before my feet and a light for my journey (Ps. 119:105). Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 18 – March 21, 2017 Morning Psalm: 78:1-39 OT Text: Jer. 7:21-34 Epistle: Rom. 4:13-25 Gospel: John 7:37-52 Evening Psalm: 78:40-72 But God, being compassionate, kept forgiving their sins, kept avoiding destruction; he took back his anger so many times, wouldn’t stir up all his wrath!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 17 – March 20, 2017 Morning Psalm: 80 OT Text: Jer. 7:1-15 Epistle: Rom. 4:1-12 Gospel: John 7:14-36 Evening Psalm: 77 Revive us so that we can call on your name. Restore us, LORD God of heavenly forces! Make your face shine so that we can... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 16 – March 18, 2017 Morning Psalm: 75, 76 OT Text: Jer. 5:20-31 Epistle: Rom. 3:19-31 Gospel: John 7:1-13 Evening Psalm: 23, 27 What exalts someone doesn’t come from the east or west; it’s not from the south either. Rather it is God who is the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 15 – March 17, 2017 Morning Psalm: 95, 69:1-23, 31-38 OT Text: Jer. 5:1-9 Epistle: Rom. 2:25-3:18 Gospel: John 5:30-47 Evening Psalm: 73 Come, let’s worship and bow down! Let’s kneel before the LORD, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 14 – March 16, 2017 Morning Psalm: 71 OT Text: Jer. 4:9-10, 19-28 Epistle: Rom. 2:12-24 Gospel: John 5:19-29 Evening Psalm: 74 So, even in my old age with gray hair, don’t abandon me, God! Not until I tell generations about your mighty arm, tell all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 13 – March 15, 2017 Morning Psalm: 72 OT Text: Jer. 3:6-18 Epistle: Rom. 1:28-2:11 Gospel: John 5:1-18 Evening Psalm: 119:73-96 Let the righteous flourish throughout their lives, and let peace prosper until the moon is no more (Ps. 72:7). Go proclaim these words to the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 12 – March 14, 2017 Morning Psalm: 61, 62 OT Text: Jer. 2:1-13 Epistle: Rom. 1:16-25 Gospel: John 4:43-54 Evening Psalm: 68:1-20, 24-36 God, listen to my cry; pay attention to my prayer! When my heart is weak, I cry out to you from the very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 11 – March 13, 2017 Morning Psalm: 55, 57 OT Text: Jer. 1:1-19 Epistle: Rom. 1:1-15 Gospel: John 4:27-42 Evening Psalm: 64, 65 Cast your burden on the LORD – he will support you! God will never let the righteous be shaken! (Ps. 55:22) I will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 10 – March 11, 2017 Morning Psalm: 55 OT Text: Deut. 11:18-28 Epistle: Heb. 5:1-10 Gospel: John 4:1-26 Evening Psalm: 138, 139:1-17 Cast your burden on the LORD – he will support you! God will never let the righteous be shaken! (Ps. 55:22). Pay attention! I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 9 – March 10, 2017 Morning Psalm: 95, 40, 54 OT Text: Deut. 10:12-22 Epistle: Heb. 4:11-16 Gospel: John 3:22-36 Evening Psalm: 51 Come, let’s worship and bow down! Let’s kneel before the LORD, our maker! He is our God, and we are the people of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 8 – March 9, 2017 Morning Psalm: 50 OT Text: Deut. 9:23-10:4 Epistle: Heb. 4:1-10 Gospel: John 3:16-21 Evening Psalm: 19, 46 Our God is coming; he won’t keep quiet. A devouring fire is before him; a storm rages all around him (Ps. 50:3). But I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 7 – March 8, 2017 Morning Psalm: 119:49-72 OT Text: Deut. 9:13-21 Epistle: Heb. 3:12-19 Gospel: John 2:23-3:15 Evening Psalm: 49 The Instruction you’ve given to me is better than thousands of pieces of gold and silver! (Ps. 119:72). So I went down the mountain while... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 6 – March 7, 2017 Morning Psalm: 45 OT Text: Deut. 9:4-12 Epistle: Hebrews 3:1-11 Gospel: John 2:13-22 Evening Psalm: 47, 48 You love righteousness and hate wickedness. No wonder God, your God has anointed you with the oil of joy more than all your companions!... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary: Lent Day 5 – March 6, 2017 Morning Psalm: 41, 52 OT Text: Deut. 8:11-20 Epistle: Hebrews 2:11-18 Gospel: John 2:1-12 Evening Psalm: 44 Those who pay close attention to the poor are truly happy! The LORD rescues them during troubling times. The LORD protects them and keeps... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at Bales of Straw:
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Daily Lectionary Readings Lent Day 3: March 3, 2017 Morning Psalm 31, 95 OT Text: Deuteronomy 7:12-16 Epistle: Titus 2:1-15 Gospel: John 1:35-42 Evening Psalm 35 I entrust my spirit into your hands; you, LORD, God of faithfulness – you have saved me (Ps. 31:5). Wake up! Get up and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2017 at Bales of Straw: