Giving Thanks for Cancer?

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:18-21).

I hate cancer. It is a vicious disease, and it seems like it is everywhere. In our church family of around 250 people, over the last three years six different members have been treated for it, my wife among them. Three of those facing the disease have passed from this life. I hate cancer. Continue reading

They Have Been a Comfort to Me

As the apostle Paul concluded the book of Colossians, he sent greetings from those who were with him in his imprisonment, adding this grateful commendation: “they have been a comfort to me” (Colossians 4:11). Some people were embarrassed to be associated with Paul and his chains (2 Timothy 1:16), but not Aristarchus, Mark, and Jesus called Justus. They worked side by side with the apostle in the difficult circumstances of his imprisonment, and Paul says that their presence was an encouragement.

Geri Boyd

This morning I learned of the passing of Geri Boyd. Continue reading

God is With Us on the Lonely Mountain

By Niagara66, via Wikimedia Commons

This past Saturday I was honored to speak at the funeral of one of the most beautiful people I have ever known, Sylvia Chapman. Sylvia loved the Smoky Mountains, and so I decided to center my remarks around the theme of God’s presence with us during times we may otherwise feel alone. Kristi and I will miss Sylvia very much. Continue reading

About Me

Thanks for stopping by the blog! My name is Shane Scott, and I live and preach in the greater Tampa area (Valrico, Florida). If you would like to drop by my congregation’s website for sermons and Bible classes, just click here.

I am amazingly blessed to be married to my wife, Kristi. We both waited until much later in life to get married, so we are still newlyweds! She is battling Stage 4 metastatic colo-rectal cancer, so if you are the praying sort, we covet your prayers.

Kristi and I both grew up in classic small-town America. She was raised in Rochelle, Illinois, and I was raised in Winchester, Kentucky. While she is not a huge sports fan, Kristi can tell you everything you could ever want to know about the 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears! As a native of central Kentucky, I am a passionate member of Big Blue Nation, avidly cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats.

Some of my other interests are old time pro wrestling (much to Kristi’s chagrin) and barbershop quartet singing (to which she is much more accommodating!). And sadly, it is a rare month that I don’t insert a quote from the Star Wars saga into one of my sermons or Bible studies!

Religiously, I come from a restorationist background, and I believe that every disciple of Jesus has the duty to adhere to what the apostles taught “from the beginning,” as John puts it (1 John 2:24). Philosophically, I have recently become a big fan of Thomas Aquinas. His model of synthesizing the best that reason can apprehend with the careful exposition of Scripture is one I seek to emulate. Politically, I am a little “c” conservative and deeply concerned at our culture’s loss of what Russell Kirk called “the permanent things.”

Well, that gives you a little idea of where I’m coming from. Blogging is a great way to meet others and to learn from them, and I look forward to learning from you as we think through faith together.