To all God's beloved living in the United States today, Paul would write urging us, like the church in ancient Rome, to be a set-apart people, setting up little beachheads of Christ's eternal kingdom right here and now in the swamp of partisan politics and idolatrous nationalistic sentiment.
I’m concerned about the strong river current of ideas we are swimming against and the polluted atmosphere created by the larger cultural narratives we are breathing in uncritically.
In this series I am sharing some of the passages of the Bible -- or Life Verses -- that have most impacted my own life. I was 21 years old. I was in the honeymoon period of my newfound faith. I can still remember how exciting it was reading my new Study Bible back then. Everything was … Continue reading LIFE VERSES 6: Romans 8:11
I have spent the past 3 months leading our senior high youth group through the first three chapters of Romans. It has been a dismal time sitting in the dark, godless, idolatrous world of sin painted in Romans 1:18-32 in particular. I knew very well that the good news would arrive in chapter 3 but … Continue reading Rewriting Romans 1:18-32
As I prepare my Romans "The God Report" messages for our senior high group each week I will be posting some reflections and insights along the way. Let's begin with the way Paul introduces himself to the Roman church. One of the small group "mixer" activities we like to do is called "Myself in 10 … Continue reading ROMANS: Meet Paul (1:1-7)
Everyday we are inundated with messages that shape and influence our view of the world. The Information Age provides us with many sources of information and news, cultural commentary and political spin. We are taught what to think but not how. We are given much to chew on but little advice on what we should and should not … Continue reading New Romans Series: “The God Report”