A new adult education class, taught by Michael Allen, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Together Chicago, will begin Sunday, March 6. This course will focus on the letter of James, with supplemental reading from The James Code: 52 Scripture Principles for Putting Your Faith into Action, by O.S. Hawkins. To prepare for the initial class meeting, Michael suggests reading James 1:1-12 and chapters 1 through 6 of the supplement. The James Code can be ordered from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or from oshawkins.com.

The James Code is part of “The Code Series” of books by Hawkins, which also includes The Joshua Code and The Jesus Code. According to Amazon.com: “…The James Code challenges readers to give feet to their faith. Hawkins gives applicable truth from the book of James emphasizing that an effective Christian life is not about faith and works, but is about faith that works.”  All royalties of The Code Series books go to Mission: Dignity, which supports retired pastors and their wives or widows who have faithfully served God’s people and now find themselves struggling to meet even basic needs.

Early in his professional career, Michael Allen was called into ministry in 1989 under the leadership of Hawkins, at First Baptist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. In 1997, Michael served as Assistant Pastor of Urban Outreach and Evangelism at The Moody Church in Chicago, IL . Michael also served as the Associate Pastor at Sagemont Church in Houston, TX (2002) and most recently as the Senior Pastor at Uptown Baptist Church. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the board of the Pacific Garden Mission.

Michael holds a Masters in Divinity from Trinity International University, a Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies from Trinity College – Miami, FL and an Associates in Computer Electronics. Michael is married to Marilza from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and they have 4 children. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica and immigrated to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with his family in 1977. In 1986 he became a naturalized U.S. citizen.

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