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Covenant: The Book of James Speaks About the Tongue Video


This Covenant experience will guide participants in a comprehensive, in-depth study of the Bible over twenty-four weeks. Unlike the learning participants may have experienced in other groups, this in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God’s people. This relationship is grounded in the faithfulness of God’s love and on our ongoing commitment to stay in love with God while we share signs of that love with others.

The cohosts for the twenty-four video episodes are Reverend Shane Stanford, senior pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Memphis, Tennessee, and Reverend Christine Chakoian, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest, Illinois. They will meet with a different biblical scholar in each video episode. 

Each video in the coming weeks features a conversation between the hosts and a biblical scholar around the Covenant table. Their conversation is a model for the kind of learning dynamic that is central to this study.


This is Episode 15 Additional Video: The Book of James speaks about the Tongue

James is very practical. Key takeaways from the book of James about how we should behave and live are related to partiality in the church and slander/how we speak about one another. The tongue can misdirect the whole church. James loves the law-not as a bunch of rules, but rather as God's covenant guidance for God's people. The law is not slavery for James. It is liberty because it brings us into a living, responsible relationship with God. For James it brings order to chaos but Luther sees it as imposing order on freedom.

Running time: 2:02

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9781426797149
    • Manufacturer: Abingdon Press
    • ISBN 13: 9781426797149
    • Publication Date: 04/15/2014
    • Format: Streaming Video
    • Author: Covenant Bible Study
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