Monthly Archives: November 2015


James 2:1-13

Download audio Download sermon James 2:1-13 We begin a new section of James with another of his more than 50 imperatives that punctuate his short letter. Now the subject is partiality, treating people differently depending on their social class or wealth. We call this “respect of persons” or “favoritism.” [Motyer, 80] James has just written […]


James 1:22-27

Download audio Download sermon James 1:22-27 There is certainly a sense in which the verses we are about to read follow naturally upon those we considered last time insofar as James in both sections is addressing our behavior in reference to the Word of God. But then the entire book addresses our behavior in that […]


James 1:19-21

Download audio Download sermon James 1:19-21 As I have already noted, James, not unlike Proverbs, moves from subject to subject without much in the way of a discernible rationale. His treatment of his subjects, again as in Proverbs, can be quite brief, even terse. Such is the case with the three verse section we are […]


Really? Acts 5:12-16

Download audio Download sermon Acts 5:12-16 We are in the midst of Luke’s narrative of the explosive growth of the fledgling Christian church and the gathering of storm clouds as the establishment had by this time realized that the Christian movement was a serious threat to their power and prestige. We have just been treated, […]


James 1:12-18

Download audio Download sermon James 1:12-18 James has already told us to “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” By steadfastness is meant a persevering faith in Christ, the kind of faith that continues to believe, that continues […]


Not Again?! Acts 4:32-5:11

Download audio Download sermon Acts 4:32-5:11 In this case, the chapter division is not well placed. Remember, the Bible was not divided into chapters until a thousand years after Christ, so these divisions are hardly original to the biblical text. Some are better than others. We ought to begin a new chapter in v. 32 […]


James 1:5-11

Download audio Download sermon James 1:5-11 One thing that any interested reader of commentaries on the letter of James immediately notices is the widespread frustration of scholars who have looked long and hard to find some principle of organization in the letter. The Gospels are organized in a largely chronological way, the report of the […]


Christian Courage Acts 4:23-31

Download audio Download sermon Acts 4:23-31 It is Reformation Day and for two reasons I have decided to continue our sermons in Acts rather than preach a sermon apropos that great theological and spiritual renewal of the 16th century, the event that created, however unintentionally, the Protestant Church of which, of course, Faith Presbyterian is […]