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Illustrating James

The book of James is a practical book.  In chapter one James exhorts his readers to stand strong in the face of trials and temptations.  Chapter two exposes the hypocrisy of a faith that lacks corresponding good works. Chapter three is James’ exposition on... Read More »

Explaining James

The book of James is one of the most beloved books of the New Testament because of its street-level practicality. Its applicational nature is further enhanced by its frequent word pictures and everyday illustrations that can seamlessly translate into vivid and... Read More »

Important Words in James

When the Lord spoke to his prophets in the Hebrew Bible, the common refrain was “Thus says the Lord.” The prophet was to repeat what the Lord said to his people, heralding the command of the Lord to a people who rarely listened and obeyed. The Lord also co... Read More »

Context Clues for the Book of James

Great detectives know how to follow clues to find answers, and the same skill is required for any student of the scriptures. Understanding context clues helps us get a better grasp of the meaning of the letter and the original intent of the author. Without con... Read More »

Finding Pericopes in James

The structure of the letter of James has been described by Martin Dibelius as “totally ad hoc and superficial.”[1]As quoted by William R. Baker, “James,” in The Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book–by–Book Survey (ed., Ke... Read More »

Spitting Fire: How Genre Influences Preaching James

I raised my son Joseph on a steady diet of Bob Dylan. I wasn’t too surprised, therefore, when Joseph became a fan of the young indie-rock and folk songwriter, Connor Oberst. Joseph noticed similarities between the younger artist’s writing style and the fam... Read More »

Themes of James

The topic of “Themes of James” is related to the issue of the letter’s structure, which has been a matter of persistent scholarly discussion and debate. Does James have an intentional structure and, if so, what is it and what does this structure reveal a... Read More »

Preaching God’s Glory

Of course, any discussion in 2019 that discusses preaching God’s glory is essentially required to mention John Piper. Piper argues in The Supremacy of God in Preaching that “God is the goal of preaching.”[1]John Piper, The Supremacy of God in Preaching, ... Read More »

Preaching God’s Faithfulness

Text-driven preaching does not endeavor to place God’s various attributes as a framework of understanding of any given text. Instead, depending on the passage in question, the preacher might find himself with an opportunity to expound on any number of God’... Read More »

Preaching God’s Grace: A Great Subject to Preach

I believe as preachers all of us have to desire to have a balanced ministry and our sermons be the epitome of what John said about our Lord, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father f... Read More »

Preaching God’s Unchangeableness

Society has made many advances in the last few centuries. Illnesses that used to be certain death sentences now have routine procedures. With travel, people can cross land or sea in a matter of hours versus months. With these advances, some expect our world to... Read More »

Preaching God’s Power

When you think about God’s power on display in the Bible, what image comes to mind? You might visualize God’s creative power as he spoke the heavens and earth into existence. Some will picture Exodus and the mighty hand of God delivering his people by spli... Read More »

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