Is there any useless religion around today? Do we see evidence of people merely going through the motions of religion, professing faith in Christ without any evidence of it showing up in their lives? If so, these are indications that we need the epistle of James today. Written by the half-brother of Jesus, this letter helps us attack stale, humdrum, useless religion. Among the many practical issues that James deals with are: suffering, ‘the gap’ between hearing and doing, controlling the tongue, and resisting the world. Roger Ellsworth’s studies in this letter draw out the challenges for us as believers in the 21st century—here are lessons we badly need to hear today.
After serving as a pastor for several years, Roger Ellsworth now has an itinerant ministry. He is the author of well over thirty books, including several titles published by Day One. He and his wife, Sylvia, have two sons and two grandchildren.
The epistle of James is eminently practical and enduring in relevance. Roger Ellsworth has provided a worthy exposition that will facilitate thought-provoking interaction with this heart probing letter. Roger Ellsworth’s pastoral insight into purpose, meaning and application of James will surely engender thoughtful gazing into the mirror of God’s Word that roots out our bent toward empty religion and results in genuine blessing.
—Bennie Tomberlin, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Fairfield, IL
In a day when good exposition of God’s word is so rare, Roger Ellsworth’s exposition of the book of James is a real gem. I recommend this book to my fellow pastors who desire to rightly divide God’s word as well as any student of the Bible for their continual edification and growth.
—Partick McGill, Pastor, Poplar Heights Baptist Church, Jackson, TN