An Epistle of Straw?
It was Martin Luther, the hero of the sixteenth century reformation, who described the letter of James as ‘a right strawy epistle’. Luther’s concern was that with its emphasis upon the need for ‘deeds’, ‘James’ was in danger of undermining the gospel truth that we are saved by grace through faith alone. An extremely practical book, James is rather about the necessity of our faith in Jesus Christ bringing about genuine change in our lives. Be prepared for a strong degree of challenge as we consider the ways that James is saying that our lives need to change if our Christian faith is to be something meaningful.