Two Strong Book Recommendations

So many books cross my desk that it’s not even remotely possible to blog about them nor is it fair, most of the time, to provide a kind of “Books Received” list at the end of each week or month. Every book that crosses my desk … I give a good look to see if [Read More...]

A Day with James at Parkview

Parkview Christian Church invited me to come spend a day with some folks for what I called “A Day with the Letter of James.” The pastor of spiritual formation, Casey Tygrett, invited me — and we fired up just after 8am and didn’t finish until 3pm. So, it was a full day. And it was [Read More...]

James, an interview

Mike Bird who, along with my colleague Joel Willitts, blogs here at Patheos at Euangelion, interviewed me about the James commentary (The Letter of James (New International Commentary on the New Testament)), and now that he’s published it I thought I could post it here. What was your first experience with James as a Christian [Read More...]

Yes, it’s now available!

Kris just discovered the James commentary is now available… I got copies this week but didn’t expect Amazon to have them available until next week. So, folks, I’m very happy to see this book, which involves several years of writing — and a career of teaching, now available. The Letter of James (New International Commentary [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 88

We come to the end: James 5:19-20:  My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring them back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the way of error will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. The book ends on an unexpected [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 87

James explores healing through prayer and anointing. What he urges, and here we clearly hear resonances of faith in James 1:6-8, is to pray in faith — to pray trusting that God can heal and that God will heal. Here are James’ words: And the prayer offered in faith will make them well; the Lord [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 86

We are looking at the last passage in James, James 5:13-20. James urges the messianic community to summon elders to pray over the sick: Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. The word “sick” [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 85

We turn to our last week on the book of James, which we have explored through the angle of it being the wisdom of Jesus’ brother. Our next study will be on the Book of Acts, and we will be exploring Acts through the lens of missional praxis and theology. To facilitate that discussion, I [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 84

Out of nowhere James says this in James 5:12: Above all, my brothers, do not swear–not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned. He has virtually quoted Jesus here. Here are the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:33-37: Again, [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 83

I mentioned three possible responses to suffering yesterday but there is probably at least one more: turning against one another under stress. So James 5:9-11: Don’t grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the [Read More...]


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