Studies in James: The Purpose of the Epistle (Part 1)

Identifying the specific purpose of a sacred writing is sometimes relatively easy. Some authors, for example, state it outright (like John 20:31). At other times it is obvious from the subject matter of the letter, and still other times it is an easy inference from various sections of the letter. At other times, however, identifying […]

Studies in James: James vs Paul

James has his own concerns and they are not centered around Pauline thought.

Studies in James: Influences (Part 2)

The teachings of Jesus were a major influence on the themes of James’ Epistle.

For Our Sake He Was Terrified

Jesus’ humanity in the Garden displays the intensity of His love for us.

Studies in James: Influences (Part 1)

The Epistle of James does not arise out of a vacuum. Its author was raised in a religious world, and under the influence of Judaism and its sacred writings. This author was also the brother of Jesus and was a convinced follower that Jesus, believing him to be the promised Messiah. All of this shapes […]

Studies in James: Who Was James?

There is good reason to believe that Jesus brother wrote the epistle of James, and his authorship has some inspiring value for our own faith.

Love Believes All Things (Part 2)

Believing the best of others involves at least three key elements.

Love Believes All Things (Part 1)

Love believes all things. What exactly does this mean?

Trust and Obey

Faith and obedience are inter-related, but how you understand that relationship matters. 

Rethinking Christian Community (Part 1)

There are good and bad reasons why the modern church does not look like the church in Acts