Posts in James
James 5: Comfort In Injustice, Patience In Suffering - Vince Brackett

When the writers of the Bible referred to “The Coming of the Lord” or “the Judgment at the end of time”, it was not a threat (“shape up, or you’ll be left behind by God!”), it was a word of comfort and promise: The injustices and senseless sufferings of your life and your world are NOT lost on God! He sees! He takes notice! And he will, in the end, right every wrong and wipe every tear from every eye. Vince takes us to the comforting words of James, the brother of Jesus.

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James 4-5: Autopilot doesn't just suck; it's unjust - Vince Brackett

People of privilege (like Vince: a white, straight, middle-class American male) need to be rattled to see that societal autopilot doesn’t just lead to the existential angst of “a meaningless life”, but, beyond that, it is a life and death matter for many! The New Testament book of James offers that needed rattling, and Vince leads us in asking how we can pursue our biggest values, even if that leaves us rattled.

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This Summer's Vision - Kyle Hanawalt & Vince Brackett

Kyle and Vince share the beginnings of a vision for this summer at Brown Line Vineyard: leaning into one of our core values in particular — being a “community of care.” How? By creating more space for more people within the community to pray together for the needs of the church and people in the church. BLV is empowering a new level of leadership, a Pastoral Care Core. Hear how you can be a part of it!

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James 1: What Does Faith Produce? - Kyle Hanawalt

It is remarkably easy to become “too much talk, not enough action” in 21st century America: we announce what we’re about with signs in our windows or yards, by “liking” good causes on Facebook, and by maintaining how we appear to others. In religious settings, this is reinforced all the more with a focus on holding the “right” beliefs and opinions. But, in our experience, life is really found in asking the hard question: what action do my beliefs and opinions produce? There’s actually a book in the Bible all about this human struggle to be “less talk, more action”: the book of James.

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