The book of James is one of the most practical books in the New Testament. It is filled with advice about facing the trials of life, coping with poverty, the desire to be rich, controlling the tongue, making plans for the future and much more. Raise the bar on your Christian life! The author shows that reading James ought to drive us to contemplate afresh the wonder of God, and then lead us to worship him.
Three things stand out when reading James: it is very down-to-earth; it is very diverse; Christ's name is rarely mentioned. With this in mind, Tony Bird says that James is one of the most daunting of all New Testament books to write about. His hope is that this volume might stimulate prayerful study of the text. Christians are better equipped to obey Scripture and, thus, make a useful contribution to the church of Jesus Christ.
Tony Bird is full-time lecturer in New Testament at the Presbyterian Theological College in Victoria, Australia. He is also active in ministry at Donvale Presbyterian Church.