A Letter From James
Jesus, almost certainly, did not grow up as an only child. He had at least four brothers and two sisters, and we know the names of some of them: James, Joses, Judah and Simon (Mark 6:3). They were probably younger children of Mary and Joseph. They did not believe in Jesus during his lifetime (John 7:5). But, after the Resurrection, Jesus' brother James became the respected leader of the church in Jerusalem (eg Galatians 1:19. Acts 15:17ff; 21:18).
This James also wrote the letter of James in the New Testament. At least, that has been the most widely accepted view. We shall be exploring this letter of James, chapter by chapter, in the next Sunday mornings. It is a practical letter, full of pithy wisdom for living in today's world. James, the Lord's brother, was martyred by stoning in 62AD.