The author of the book of James is most likely the brother of Jesus who came to give leadership to the Jerusalem church. He writes to Jewish Christians spread out in the Roman Empire. He writes in the vein of Jewish wisdom literature to give these fledgling Christian communities practical direction on how to live in God and Christ honouring ways. Because of his practical style James’s writing continues to have a relevance for the church today as we seek to discern how to do Christian community well in the midst of a culture that largely rejects who we are and what we believe. He also warns us of the dangers which are present to the church at all times and in all places; namely, to show favouritism, to fail to act, and to run off at the mouth.