At MoSt Church, we’ll soon start a three-month focus on the very practical and quite candid letter of James in most of our adult Bible classes. That study is entitled, quite simply, Journey Through James and will run from Sun., Sept. 11 through Sun., Nov. 27.
As we work through this letter, I’ll be saturating myself will all things “James.” What that means for you is that most of my weekday devotionals, Sunday picture Bible commentary posts, and sundry other postings here during that time will come from James. I realize those of you who like a lot of variety in where stuff is coming from will likely be “Jamesed out” come the end of November. At the same time, I know those of you who enjoy depth and like to have time to contemplate and ruminate on a text are probably looking forward to this journey. To the former, I beg your indulgence; to the latter I say, “The party’s on at James’ place!”
I’ve asked the adult class teachers here at MoSt who will lead our journey to repeatedly read a chapter every day in the book of James in the weeks leading up to our study. Perhaps you’d like to do the same. Start today and you’ll have read through each of James’ five chapters six times come the day we start our study. Let me also encourage you to follow my lead in this by using a different Bible translation each time to you go through James’ letter. The translations I’ll use for this preparatory reading will be the NRSV, NJB, CEV, The Message, NIV 2011, and the CEB. You can access most of these online at BibleGateway and, of course, have access to many other translations and versions, too.
Watch for most posts on Fridays in the coming weeks that will help you prepare for an intense focus on the wise words of a great man of God, James.