Cultivating a Healthy Attitude

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : James 4:1-10, 13-17 Worldliness is an old-fashioned word but an ever-present problem for Christians. James helps us understand what it is and what we should do about it. Some years ago when I was visiting the city of Calcutta in India I went to a beautiful old church building that sits right in the heart of the city. It looked like a little piece of old England transplanted to West Bengal and in a sense it was. It …

Faith and Works

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : James 2:14-26 Perhaps James’ most famous statement and the one for which some have criticized him is this: “Faith without works is dead.” Let’s try to understand what he means.       I once read a great line by a biblical scholar who said that whenever a New Testament writer wanted to make a point about religion, he would write, “Look at Abraham.” That’s certainly true of two of the New Testament writers. However, when we look …

The Royal Law

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : James 2:1-13 Jesus once said that there are only two rules for living: love God and love your neighbor. His brother James especially drives home the second part of that royal law. Let’s start today with a hypothetical case. I want you to imagine that you’re sitting in your church on a Sunday morning when you notice two families who happen to be visiting come into the sanctuary. One of them catches your eye immediately. It’s a mom …

True Religion

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : James 1:19-27 Christians on the left are often concerned about social justice, while those on the right tend to pay more attention to matters of personal morality. But according to James, true religion cares about both. Today we begin a series of programs on the letter of James. Historically, the author of this little book, James, is understood to be the James whose mentioned in the book of Acts as the brother of Jesus and the leader of …