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Michael Hewat is currently serving as the Senior Minister at West Hamilton Community Church, New Zealand
  Wisdom is justified by all her children (35) Luke stresses that John was well aware of Jesus’ ministry and fame (18), but nevertheless questions whether or not Jesus is ‘the One’. What’s going on in John’s mind? Had he forgotten the...
James’ message to such rich people is that their riches testify to the very deeds by which they were wrongly acquired. They have acquired wealth by corrupt deeds; now itself subject to corruption; and it will be the agent of the destruction of their bodies at the final judgment.
You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. The Old Testament Fulfilment Mark’s gospel is widely recognised as the first written, but it is Matthew’s which heads the New Testament. Its position next to...
He who is forgiven little, loves little (Luke 7:47) Rejecting God's Purpose Luke has just noted that the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the purposes of God for themselves, not having been baptized by John (vs.30) and that they rejected...
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach… Having pointed us towards the completeness we will receive when Christ appears, when we will lack nothing, James immediately points to something which...
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. The Epistle of James has had some serious opponents over the centuries, not least, Martin Luther who called it “a...
Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds… What a way to launch into a letter! No “grace and peace”, thanksgiving or beatitude as in Paul’s letters, rather a bold exhortation to do...
Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God?
This is my beloved Son. Whereas Luke prepares us for John the Baptist’s entry by relating his conception and birth (Lk 1), and John introduces him in his prologue (Jn 1.6-8), in Matthew’s Gospel he appears unannounced. He needs no introduction...
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above… James has already assured us that God is singularly generous and gives wisdom to those who ask. In these seven verses, he attests to three more of God’s qualities and...