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Wisdom and Shalom - James 3:13-18
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 24 October 2016 21:53


The search for wisdom is a common pursuit through all of human history. All of the world’s greatest civilizations and religions have their own tradition of wisdom including the Jewish, Asian, Indian, Greek, and Western. In fact, philo-sophy originated from the two Greek words: phileo (love of) and sophia (wisdom). Philosophy in its original sense meant the love of, or he pursuit of wisdom.  James’ original audience, who were Jewish followers of Christ, would have been familiar with the Jewish tradition of wisdom found in the five Old Testament Wisdom books (Psalms, Proverbs, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Job). But now that they were immersed in the world of 1st century Rome, they would have encountered the Greek philosophers. For the Greeks, philosophy became theatre. It was an arrogant demonstration of knowledge and it became separated from the character of the person. So here in 3:13-18, James offered some teaching on how one can discern true Godly wisdom with false “wisdom’.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 26 October 2016 06:52
Words: The Most Powerful Weapon - James 3:1-12
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 17 October 2016 20:41


I trust that we all know the potential of our words to hurt, destroy, and cause long-term consequences to others, especially to those who are close to us. Although what James said here in chapter 3 is directed to the scattered believers in the Roman Empire, it is equally true of husbands and wives, parents and children, and between friends.


This theme of words and our speech is a constant one throughout the whole book of James. Already, James alluded to this twice. We are to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry ...” (James 1:19). As well, “Those who consider themselves to be religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” (James 1:26) Here in chapter 3, James firmly taught us how we are to use our words.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:03
Faith and Deeds - James 2:14-26
Written by John Tsang   
Monday, 10 October 2016 21:26


Every story has a climax. In the book of James, I believe chapter 2:14-26 is the section that brings everything in the book together. The central message of James is for us to follow Christ in a way that integrates a living faith in God accompanied by a transformed life. In this way, there is no contradiction between Paul and James.


Martin Luther was a proponent of justification wby grace through faith alone and not by works (Rom 3:23-28). Luther lived at a historic time when the Church was so terribly off balanced. The Church literally sold indulgences to the people for the pardon of sins. So Luther started a movement (Reformation) to renew the church by declaring that the pardon of sin and salvation was purely by faith alone in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But Luther would whole heartedly agree that a true sincere faith is always accompanied by genuine acts and deeds.


Last Updated on Monday, 17 October 2016 20:46
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