Day 183: Faith alone – not faith that is alone

James 2:14-26 (AD 48) Martin Luther, for many the figurehead of the Reformation, was not the biggest fan of this letter. Today’s passage was a key reason. Luther said, “The epistle of James gives us much trouble, for the Papists embrace it alone and leave out all the rest…Accordingly, if they will not admit my … More Day 183: Faith alone – not faith that is alone

Day 182: Favouritism

James 2:1-13 (AD 48) Have you ever been a victim of favouritism? It’s hard to imagine that everyone hasn’t, at some point, been on the receiving end. And it’s equally hard to imagine that we haven’t all at some point been the perpetrators of it. James wrote to a poor Christian community. Society was more … More Day 182: Favouritism

Day 180: Potty Mouth

James 1:19-21 (AD 48) [This and the next devotional are out of synch – for some reason I skipped James 1:19-27 as I went through the letter, so I’m returning only now to those verses.] Before my time, it was common for parents to literally wash their children’s mouths out with soap as punishment for … More Day 180: Potty Mouth

Day 179: Be the Fellow-Traveller You Want to Have in the World

James 5:13-20, part 2 (AD 48) “My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring that person back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death an cover over a multitude of sins.” (v.19) Wandering has stages, and … More Day 179: Be the Fellow-Traveller You Want to Have in the World

Day 177: Be patient

James 5:7-12 (AD 48) God didn’t command patience because it seemed, in an abstract way, like a holy thing to be. Verse 7 says, “Be patient, then…” [emphasis mine]. James’s train of logic was, ‘given what I’ve just said, you should be patient’. Christians were being oppressed by selfish and corrupt rich people, and there … More Day 177: Be patient