Equipping Your Reimagine Journey
This Week’s Question: What is the fundamental missing element implied in James 2:1-9? And why is it so important?
The first section of this chapter, James 2:1-9, addresses partiality, and included under that topic are discrimination, partisanship, and a host of other divisive ills including racism, sexism, nationalism, chauvinism, jingoism, and a host of other similar beliefs. James criticizes such behaviors, without explicitly stating the root cause.…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on January 13, 2020 at 8:00am — No Comments
This Week’s Question: James 2:5 teaches that God has chosen the poor of this world? Why has He done so?
The story of the rich young ruler is instrumental as a backdrop to this question. The ruler began by asking in Mark 10:17, “…what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus, in response, listed several commandments and the ruler acknowledged compliance. Scripture teaches that Jesus’ love for this young man prompted Him to address a deeper…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on December 31, 2019 at 7:00am — No Comments
This Week’s Question: What are the underlying sins behind prejudice, discrimination, and isms like racism, sexism, and chauvinism?
Sin, in the Old Testament, was defined by the law (a series of dos and don’ts), and Israelites could not decide which rule, law, or command they adhered to. James reports, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).” Therefore, one had to follow God’s…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on December 13, 2019 at 7:30am — No Comments
This Week’s Question: Since prejudice was systemically built into the moral fabric of America, do you think Americans who tacitly or actively profited from that model (past, present, and future), will be damned eternally?
There should be little disagreement between true Disciples of Christ that those who were, are, or will be controlled by prejudice, and therefore discriminates against his/her brother or sister will be damned eternally, if he/she does not…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on November 25, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments
This Week’s Question: Does the Bible refer to prejudicial or discriminatory actions in Scriptures other than James? If so, where, and what is the context?
No other Biblical writer addresses prejudice or discrimination as comprehensively as James, but other books have nuggets to understand why prejudice and discrimination are anathema to God. Genesis 1:26a, and 27 are great verses for initiating this discussion, “Then God…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on November 11, 2019 at 9:00pm — No Comments
This Week’s Question: From a Biblical perspective, what is prejudice or discrimination?
James 2:1-9 is a great passage for answering this question because it uses four Greek words to define prejudice from God’s perspective. The dictionary definition is “a preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.” Using this definition as a backdrop, James, in Verse 1, warns against showing partiality or having respect of…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on November 4, 2019 at 3:30am — No Comments
This Week’s Question: There should be little disagreement that discrimination remains a part of the social fabric of America, so what are the underlying problems with showing partiality or favoritism, as commanded by James in James 2:1-9?
According to James there are several problems associated with showing favoritism! Nevertheless, the favoritism James describes is not based upon an affinity one person has towards another because of one’s personal knowledge…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 28, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
Today's Question: Broadly speaking, what are the major issues James confronts in Chapter 2, and what is the gist of his arguments?
In Chapter 2 James discusses three important correlations that all Christians would do well to heed. The first (verses 1-9), addresses the relationship between the rich and poor. James scoffs at Christians who cater to the rich while ignoring the plight of poor people, and speaks of scoffers as…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 19, 2019 at 9:30pm — No Comments
Who am I? I am Rev. Philip L. Hilliard, the Senior Pastor of Austin Corinthian Baptist Church (ACBC), located on the Westside of Chicago. ACBC, was founded by my father, the late Rev. Clarence L. Hilliard – my mentor and spiritual leader, and I studied and received Biblical training under him. Therefore, I have no formal Bible Training since my undergrad degree is in business and I spent over 30 years in the Information Technology field; most of which was spent traveling coast-to-coast…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 15, 2019 at 10:00am — No Comments