083015 – An Honest Look in the Mirror
History has not been kind to the book of James. Labeled an “oddity,” “an epistle of straw” by Martin Luther, or more recently as New Testament “junk mail,” the response to James has been mixed. Pastor Nancy suggests that James is closer to the teachings of Jesus than we might first imagine. The first century writer emphasizes a lifestyle gospel, one revealed not in Sunday morning worship attendance, but in our everyday interactions.
Today’s Scripture reading from James 1:17-27 includes a puzzling suggestion that Christians are to look in the mirror. What mirror, we might ask? Join Pastor Nancy as she unpacks an ancient metaphor for our time.