What’s good in the world? If we try to keep the law, are we good? If we try to live good lives according to our God-given instincts, are we good? No one manages either of these feats. Paul talks about it in Romans 3:1-18. Here’s my paraphrase: So then, what is the advantage of being […]
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I was going to say “babes,” as many translations have it, but that just sounded . . . well, wrong. You know? Romans 2:17-24 takes aim specifically at self-righteous Jews, but in our own era, it has application to anyone who considers himself or herself to be spiritually wise and is in fact spiritually immature. […]
The preacher, Joel Ziolkowsky, stood up and he said, “I am wrong.” Now if memorable sermons are rare, that sort of statement from a preacher, in the pulpit, is very nearly non-existent. No wonder I remember it!
I sat down a week or so ago to share my study on the last half of Romans 1, but I ran smack into righteousness. Righteousness is a word you see a lot of in Romans — that and justification. Since I’ve started this study I’ve been thinking I should look into this word and […]
“I am longing to see you; I’ve tried and tried, but so far I’ve run up against a wall.” Paul, in time, chose to travel to Rome as a prisoner of the Empire since it seemed the only way he could get there. His words weren’t meaningless pleasantries, but the true cry of his heart. […]
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So why did Paul run? Was he earning his salvation? No way! That’s not scriptural. But why did he run, then? And what about those who don’t run so hard? Are they doomed to hell forever and ever? No. Again, we don’t earn our salvation. That is a gift of God. But we also need […]
Twisted Tree at the Grand Canyon As Paul and Timothy close thier letter to the brethren at Phillipa, they give the church there a last bit of advice. It’s good for us today, too. While we can’t live this way on our own, it is no longer we who live, but Christ in us. It […]
Traditionally, two short passages in the New Testament have been used by the church to silence and deactivate half the assembly. Those would be 1 Timothy 2:11-12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34-36. Jon Zens (with a goodly number of others) believes these verses have been wrongly interpreted and wrongly applied. He makes a good case for […]
In 1 Corinthians 16, the last chapter of this second longest of Paul’s surviving letters, Paul ties up some ends, deals with a few business issues to do with a charitable collection he was taking up for the saints in Jerusalem, and gives a few closing exhortations. Verses 1-4 This passage has been used to […]