- Paul: Messenger of Grace (Corinthians, Galatians, Thessalonians, Philippians)
- Paul: Soldier of Peace (Romans)
- Paul: Prisoner of Hope (Colossians, Ephesians, Philemon, Pastorals)
- Jesus: The Mission (the essence of Jesus)
- Jesus: Portraits of the Gospels (the special themes of the Gospel authors)
- The Church: Acts (in the pipe)
For many, the book of James is their favorite book in the Bible. It is a book of wisdom, the Proverbs of the New Testament. It provides us with numerous tidbits of wisdom for everyday living that jump across the pages of history from the first century to today.
From its opening verses, we see a worldwide movement under pressure. "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds" (Jas. 1:2). James addresses "the twelve tribes, scattered among the nations" (1:1).  The implication is that believers are facing trials all throughout the world. 
Although James addresses the twelve tribes (of Israel), he is probably thinking that Gentile believers have already been incorporated into the people of God. After all, there is nothing distinctively Jewish in the book of James.  It is hard to find any truths in James that are tied down by the world of first century Jerusalem or uniquely Jewish issues.
We should also not think that the Romans had some world-wide policy against Christians. Christians weren't nearly that significant to them at this point. The trials to which James points, interestingly, do not come from the government or "the Jews." It is true that James himself met his death at the hands of the high priest of Jerusalem, sometime around the year AD62.  But there is no clear reference to the Sanhedrin or the Jerusalem establishment in this letter. 
No, the trials of James come from within, or at least close. It is the wealthy who are the persecutors, probably patrons within synagogues and churches.  "Is it not the the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?" (2:6-7).
In response, James makes it clear who the true Patron of every believer is, "Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows" (1:16-17)...
 James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, and Jude are sometimes called the "General Letters," "General Epistles," or even the "Catholic Epistles" because they do not address a specific audience. The earliest meaning of the word "catholic" was "universal."
Some have suggested that the book of James is more a collection of James’ wisdom than a unified letter, in which case it would not necessarily picture a single, worldwide situation.
 Interestingly, Paul's letters deal more with distinctively Jewish issues than James does. We tend to miss this fact because we often function with an already universalized version of the early church.
 Mentioned in the Jewish historian Josephus in his Antiquities of the Jews 20.199-203.
 Indeed, the very language of the letter, Greek, points away from the Aramaic-speaking world of Jerusalem.
 Although versions usually translate James 2:2 with a word like "meeting" (NIV, CEB) or "assembly" (NRSV, ESV), the Greek word is actually synagōgē. These are not bad translations, but it is worth pointing out the actual word.