I have many commentaries on James and this one is now one of my favorites for preaching and teaching. The illustrations Phillips can still be understood by a broad audience and for those that may not be it will cause you to think on your own. This is not a technical commentary but excellent for starting you thinking for preaching and teaching. I plan on adding more of this series to my library.
John Phillips is one of the most proficient writers of the past several decades. He is knowledgeable, very fundamental, (KJV), and down right interesting. He knows what he believes, and believes what he knows. No matter what your education consists of, you will learn some thing, if you are willing to study the bible, pray regularly, and use his materal. I have used his commentaries, now for the past year and a half and so far have found nothing in what I would consider error. They are highly recomended.