James: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

James: A Pastoral and Contextual Commentary

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Criminals in Hong Kong and China are often superstitiously religious. Ironically, both they and police officers worship the same folk god, Guan Gong, who represents righteousness! But their religiosity has no moral consequences – what both groups are seeking is protection from their opponents. Unfortunately, some Asian Christians have a similar model of religiosity. They want God’s protection and blessings, but they do not want God to affect how they live. James will have none of this. He is convinced that our devotion to God must be reflected in the way we live, and so he writes a letter that is full of sound, practical advice. He exhorts us to control our tongues, he speaks against greed, envy, and wrong desires, and he gives wise advice about enduring suffering, praying for ailing believers, and restoring believers who are tempted to depart from the truth. Using Asian applications, this commentary of James highlights the relevance the triune God has in all contexts of life. The Asia Bible Commentary Series empowers Christian believers in Asia to read the Bible from within their respective contexts. Holistic in its approach to the text, each exposition of the biblical books combines exegesis and application. The ultimate goal is to strengthen the Body of Christ in Asia by providing pastoral and contextual exposition of every book of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783685493
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Series: Asia Bible Commentary Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 134
File size: 934 KB

About the Author

LUKE L. CHEUNG earned his PhD from the University of St Andrews, United Kingdom, and is Wilson Chow Professor and Vice-President of China Graduate School of Theology, Hong Kong. He is also an ordained minister for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Hong Kong Presbytery.

ANDREW B. SPURGEON earned his PhD from Dallas Theological Seminary, Texas, USA, and is Professor of New Testament Studies at School of Theology (English) at Singapore Bible College, Singapore. He is the Chairperson of Publications for the Asia Theological Association and one of the New Testament editors for the Asia Bible Commentary Series.

Table of Contents


  1. Series Preface
  2. Authors' Preface
  3. List of Abbreviations
  4. Introduction
  5. Commentary on James
  6. Selected Bibliography


  1. Favoritism
  2. James and Paul
  3. Tongues
  4. Elders and Prayer

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