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The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

Noel Schoonmaker: Faith That Works

James 2:14-17

16th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 09, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker (CBF)

 

What good is faith without works? What good is doctrine without deeds? What good is Christian belief without Christian behavior? None at all, says James, none at all. He isn't just questioning the usefulness of faith without works; he's questioning the validity of it. "Can this sort of faith save you?" he asks. The implied answer is no. James strikingly suggests that faith without works is not saving faith.

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The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker

Noel Schoonmaker: Doers of the Word

James 1:22-27

15th Sunday after Pentecost - Year B

September 02, 2018

The Rev. Dr. Noel Schoonmaker (CBF)

 

We Christians talk a big game about the Bible. Some of us say the Bible is "authoritative," or "divinely inspired," or "infallible." Some Christians say they believe every word of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. I heard about one preacher who said he believes the whole Bible from Genesis to maps - as in the maps of ancient lands included in the back of his Bible.

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