James (Focus On The Bible Commentary Series)
The epistle of James is one of the most controversial included in the canon of the New Testament. Why the controversy? James (almost certainly Jesus� brother) sets out in his letter to deal with the problem of a church that...
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The epistle of James is one of the most controversial included in the canon of the New Testament. Why the controversy?
James (almost certainly Jesus� brother) sets out in his letter to deal with the problem of a church that does church � yet really does nothing! James is forthright in spelling out some home truths to his readers.
�James�s letter addressed real-life churches with real-life problems. The church that James addressed had a tendency to substitute the performance of religion for a life devoted to Jesus and obedience to His commands� This church had people whose words were so vicious that James points to hell as their source, so vindictive that James equates their words with murder, and so slanderous that he reminds them of the future judgment that will take into account their actions and their speech.� Chris Morgan
This devotional commentary has three sections:
1) James in Context � enables you to understand who wrote it and the situation that it addressed.
2) Commentary � divided into the major divisions of the epistle (�pericopes�) so that you can see the structure of the teaching as well as a verse-by-verse explanation.
3) The Theology of James � sets out the larger themes (eg justification) of the epistle and how it relates to the rest of scripture.
Christopher W. Morgan is professor of theology and dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Author/editor of ten books and a teaching pastor of Helendale Community Church, he and and his wife, Shelley, have been married for twenty years and live in Helendale, California.
Christopher W. Morgan (Ph.D., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate dean and associate professor of theology at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He is senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Barstow, California. He is author of Jonathan Edwards and Hell and general editor (with Robert Peterson) of Hell Under Fire, Suffering and the Goodness of God and Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism, and he is currently writing a commentary on the book of James.