James alerts us to two kinds of wisdom, two ways to become adept at navigating the world. There is a kind of wisdom marked by pride, it comes “from below,” it is “earthly, unspiritual, and demonic.” But there is a second kind of wisdom, a wisdom that sees every sign of goodness not as achievement but as gift. This wisdom, true wisdom, will be found in being rescued from a life centered on self, and finding pride displaced by the shocking power of grace.

Preached at Grace Pasadena in Pasadena, CA on March 5, 2017
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