Wisdom From Heaven
The Message of the Letter of James for Today The letter of James is among the most 'suspect' books of the New Testament. It was by no means clear that it would be included in the list of authoritative...
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The Message of the Letter of James for Today
The letter of James is among the most 'suspect' books of the New Testament. It was by no means clear that it would be included in the list of authoritative books of the Christian church (called the canon) until very late in the day. Reading it quickly you would not find too much specifically 'Christian' content in it. Most famously Martin Luther declared James 'an epistle of straw'. He wrote somewhat dismissively, "I will not have him in my Bible to be numbered among the true chief books, though I would not thereby prevent anyone from including or extolling him as he pleases, for there are otherwise many good sayings in him."
There is also controversy about who James is, sections of the church refuse to believe that he exists! Closer examination of the letter, however, shows that none of these charges stand up. Time and time again we find the echoes of the Master's words reverberate throughout the book. James did make it into the canon and rightly so.
"Every budding preacher will be inspired by it, since it comes from an accomplished preacher who has preached and lived it. Every Christian will be helped by it. The book is well researched, clearly written and full of judicious quotes and excellent illustrations. It is as practical as the letter it expounds. This really is a superb book!" Steve Brady, Principal, Moorlands College.
"I was greatly challenged by 'Wisdom from Heaven' and shall dip into it for years to come. It is succinct, scholarly and eminently practical. Congratulations Derek thank you for opening up James for us all afresh." Lyndon Bowring.
224 pages, from Christian Focus.
The letter of James is among the most `suspect' books of the New Testament. It has come in for criticism from many quarters. Closer examination of the letter, however, shows that this is unjustified. Time and time again we find the echoes of the Master's words reverberating throughout the book.
The themes of the second book in this series are Missionary tales and remarkable conversions. Other themes covered in the series are Living for God and the value of scripture Missionary Tales and Remarkable Conversions; Honouring God and Dramatic Deliverances; Faithful Witnesses and Childhood Faith.Joel Beeke and Diana Kleyn have taken a selection of real life incidents and fictional narratives and developed them into a series of devotional books for children aged 712.Scriptural references throughout the book use the King James Version of the Bible and the questions are also based on this version.The stories themselves include a good mixture of historical adventure childhood experiences remarkable instances of conversion and dramatic edge of your seat rescues from danger.
Derek Tidball is Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon's College, London. Previously, he served as Principal of the London School of Theology, as pastor of two Baptist Churches, as a tutor at London School of Theology, and as head of the mission department of the Baptist Union. Currently he is Vice-President of the Evangelical Alliance and Visiting Scholar at Spurgeon's College. He is the author of numerous books including Skilful Shepherds: An Introduction to Pastoral Theology (Apollos), Builders and Fools: Images of Pastoral Ministry in Paul (IVP), and The Message of Leviticus ((The Bible Speaks Today series) and The Message of the Cross, and most recently Ministry by the Book
Koorong -Editorial Review.