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Active Waiting (James 5)

james keystones podcast Sep 17, 2020

The final chapter of James encourages us with the admonition to “be patient.” That is, “wait.”

He refers us to several Old Testament heroes— including Job and Elijah— who were examples of actively enduring while patiently waiting.

And he offers us this hope:...

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It Comes From Within (James 4)

james keystones podcast Sep 10, 2020

 

Whereas we tend to think that trouble comes from “out there,” James tells us to do something shocking: take a look in the mirror.

In chapter 4, he outlines what worldliness look like, as well as what Godliness looks like. And, as James tends to be, he’s pretty “cut...

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Visible Wisdom (James 3)

james keystones podcast Sep 03, 2020

In chapter 3, James takes us from “invisible faith” (James 2) to “visible wisdom.” Turns out, wisdom is seen by her fruits…

… and the “chief fruit” of wisdom is the words we say (and, of course, the ones we don’t say that we mutter under...

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Invisible Faith (James 2)

james keystones podcast Aug 27, 2020

In James 2 we discuss one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament: “Faith without works is dead” (2:26).

What does James mean by this?

We discover that true Biblical faith moves beyond objective facts to experiential reality. And, it turns out that BOTH of these are...

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It’s All Joy (James 1)

james keystones podcast Aug 20, 2020

This talk kicks off a 5-part series on the book of James. Join us as we walk through this 5-chapter powerhouse of a book, using the Keystones approach as our guide.

In James 1, we learn about trials, trouble, and tribulation…

… and we discover that James says we should “chalk...

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Learning from the places in the Bible we tend to skip + Colossians 4

All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It’s all of value for all of life.

Yet there are certain passages we tend to “fly-over,” to borrow a term from Bible teacher Bruce Wilkinson. That is, we often see numbers, genealogies, or farewells at the end of...

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How to get the Word “in you” + Colossians 3

As lesson 3 begins, we reflect on when Scripture— and memorizing it— became important…

For some of us…

  • An activity (such as exercise, walking, or another time in which we could “stack” this on top of that) led us to do it.
  • Our childhood- we were encouraged...
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Reading the Bible “in all directions” + Colossians 2

In lesson 2 of the Colossians study, George talks about the importance of studying the Scripture.

Thomas Chalmers had been a pastor for eight years before he discovered the riches of diving deep into the Word. Then, upon doing so, he determined to make the Bible the Vode Mecham (“Book of...

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A doable plan to study the Scriptures + Colossians 1

This January and February, Dr. Grant set aside 4 weeks to teach the Keystones at his church, Parish Presbyterian, during the “Sunday school” hour. Rather than just talking about the Keystones, however, he chose to lead them through the 4 chapters of Colossians to illustrate how...

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How & Why to Journal (Habits of Holiness #3 of 4)

In this episode we begin with a ramble… about how and why George keeps the routine he does, and where he meets with the Lord.

Here’s one thing you’ll learn: it’s easier than you think. That is, we often make it too complex.

Here’s another: when you write things...

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