24 7 Christian The: Practical Help from the Book of James
In many ways, James is the forgotten epistle of the New Testament. Throughout church history the Epistle of James has encountered struggle, opposition and just plain neglect. In the period of the early church, it struggled to receive full acceptance in the canon of Scripture. At the time of the Reformation, it faced fierce opposition, particularly from the great Reformer Martin Luther. Luther dismissed the epistle outright, referring to it as an 'epistle of straw'. Luther also charged that James 'mangles the Scriptures and thereby opposes Paul and all Scripture.' In our modern age, James has suffered from both lay and scholarly neglect. When it comes to the New Testament epistles, the writings of Paul, Peter and John garner most of the attention. James and his epistle have been largely ignored and neglected throughout history. This is unfortunate, because it has much to say to us - particularly regarding the crucial subject of the Christian life. Perhaps no other letter in the New Testament so comprehensively addresses the Christian life as does the Epistle of James. It is the purpose of this book to explore the Christian life through the panoramic lens of this grand epistle.
Anthony T. Selvaggio is the pastor of the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and an adjunct professor of New Testament at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.