Tag Archive: Romans

Sep 22

What is the book of Romans about?

Romans is focused on Jesus, God’s salvation offered through him, and how to live when we have committed our lives to God’s service. The Bookends of Romans Authors often have very similar sections near the beginning and near the end of their books. They are the bookends of the book. Bookends give the reader clues …

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Feb 05

Judge not and you shall not be judged. What does this mean? Is it possible?

Judge not and you shall not be judged A verse that many people quote but fewer can find in the Bible is “judge not and you shall not be judged.”  The usual reasoning behind their quotation is that we should never criticize anyone and no one should criticize us. If we keep this ethic, when …

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Nov 07

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission

People of faith are united with Jesus in his mission Vines and grapes In ancient Israel food was grown in different ways.  Some food came from plants that were planted each year.  Wheat and barley were an important part of the diet.  Other food came from trees and vines. These were planted, nurtured, and gave …

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Oct 16

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice.

I am Swiss by birth, German by education, and American by choice. The church historian Philip Schaff (1819-1893) often gave this description of himself. His father died when he was a year-old.  His education began in Switzerland and culminated at the University of Berlin. After teaching at the Berlin for two years he was called …

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Sep 07

What do we do when we want to change our lives but can’t?

My Dental Cleaning When I was in seminary I went for a scheduled dental cleaning. The hygienist looked in my mouth with tools in hand and a suction device in place and said, “I see you are afflicted by a tooth grinding demon.” I mumbled something and when I checked out she asked, “What are …

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May 24

The most expensive verse in the Bible

We often think that if we could just start all over again everything would change. Sometimes we do get a new beginning in an area of our lives but usually we find that we are the same person with the same strengths and weaknesses and everything doesn’t change. The downward path After creation there was …

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May 05

What is the book of Romans about?

The Bookends of Romans Bookends give the reader clues to the author’s central message. I have written in earlier posts about the bookends to Matthew’s gospel and to the entire Bible. I believe there are also bookends in Paul’s letter to the Romans. The bookends are Romans 1:1-7 and 16:25-27. Unifying concepts in the bookends …

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Jun 16

The Just Shall Live By Faith- Romans 1

The Bookends of Romans Good writers often plant subtle “bookends” in their work to emphasize key points of their message. In Romans Paul began and ended the book with paragraphs containing core elements of its teaching. Romans 1:1-6 1:1 gospel 1:3 concerning his Son 1:2 through his prophets in the holy Scriptures 1:5 obedience of …

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May 08

Go and Tell… and …Come and See

Come and See Just before his death, Moses spoke to the Jews who were about the enter the land promised to Abraham. He restated the law that was given to their parents who came out of Egypt. He spoke about how attractive their nation would be if they obeyed God’s law. Gentiles would wonder at …

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Apr 23

How to be a living sacrifice.

Animals and sacrifices I spent the first eleven years of my life in New York City, in the Bronx. I went to high school in its northern suburbs. There were very few animals in my childhood. There is an old picture in an album of me feeding a lamb with a baby bottle at the …

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