New Testament Themes

Rich in Faith

Praise God! I am hopeful, because we're still here, and we're aiming first to be rich in faith and we "have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful." [James 5:11] God is good!

Fire Season

To have the wisdom from above, like Jesus, you don't need very many words. If you suddenly woke up in a foreign country where you couldn't speak the language, there'd only be a few words you'd need to learn to have a perfectly good life. And these words are: "Thank you"; "I'm sorry"; and "I love you." That about covers it. "Thank you"; "I'm sorry"; "I love you." With these words, it's impossible to start fires we can't put out, or build walls we can't tear down, or cause wounds we can't bind up.

Many-Splendored Love

The Letter of James has some harsh words of warning, and I get the same feeling reading it that I often do reading the letters of Paul. I get the feeling that the early Christians were a bunch of adolescents. Think about it. Having new-found freedom in Christ, they were only too happy to use it, and couldn't help abusing it. So, maybe if we connect with our inner-adolescent today, we can better hear what James has to say. See also: James 2:12-13

Work Without Faith

Look at your hands. Look into your hearts. Listen for the implanted word, the word that has the power to save your soul. And then be doers of that word and not hearers only.