Sermons from March 2019

Clearing the Fog about Wisdom

What does wisdom look like? There are a surprising number of ways to answer that question. Some people think of wisdom as a philosopher sitting on a mountain top, pondering the mysteries of life. Others see wisdom as equivalent to intelligence; if someone knows a lot about a particular subject, that person is wise about…

Taming the Tongue

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). That’s why James says that it is so important for followers of Jesus to control what we say. In James 3:1-12, we consider five facts that we need to know in order to put our faith in action by taming our tongues. Text…

The Faith-Works Partnership

“What is the relationship between faith and works?” That is the central question of the letter of James, and in this passage we come to the heart of the answer. Faith and works, James tells us, are not in some sort of theological competition with each other. The truth is just the opposite – faith…

Favorites

Everyone has favorites – from a favorite sports teams, to a favorite movie, to a favorite flavor of ice cream. And those types of favorites are fun. You could even say they make life more interesting. But in James 2:1-13, we learn that having favorites is not always harmless. Indeed, when having favorites leads to…