Uncommon Sense: The Wisdom of James for Dispossessed Believers



 Is it possible for us to walk in true wisdom today? Does the book of James offer us any insights that are applicable in the Christian life we live in modern times? Follow along as James “Tommy” South breaks open the New Testament book of James and brings out wise truths that are still worth living today.

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Uncommon Sense:  The Wisdom of James for Dispossessed Believers discusses James’ letter and Wisdom as the dominant theme. It is difficult to imagine a greater or more important theme for readers today who live in a world that seems almost totally devoid of wisdom. Throughout the history of our country, Christians have enjoyed a majority status and the deference that goes with it, but that circumstance has changed dramatically in recent years. Being a Christian has shifted from being an asset to being a liability (socially speaking), with many associating our faith with bigotry, hypocrisy, and a judgmental spirit-and the situation doesn’t seem likely to change in the foreseeable future. This means that Christians must learn to live according to our marginalized status and to do so with all the wisdom God supplies, so that we not only hold firmly to our convictions but do so in a manner that causes others to see Jesus in us in spite of their prejudices. That’s what it means to be dispossessed, and it is why James’ message is so vital for our times.

About the Author

James T. (Tommy) South is the minister of the Glen Allen Church of Christ in suburban Richmond, VA, and also serves as an adjunct professor of Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he has taught courses on Jesus and the New Testament since 1989. He has also taught at Abilene Christian University, The College of William & Mary, Averett University, and the Seoul International Bible Institute. His Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity is from the University of Virginia.