Trinity Talk (Page 3)

Trinity Talk (Page 3)

1 Corinthians 1 | Saints Or Aints?

“To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (1 Corinthians 1:2). If I were searching for a word to characterize the church at Corinth it would not be the word ‘saint’. Remember, this is the church where an incestuous relationship was occurring without being challenged (see 1 Corinthians 5:1). Not to mention some believers at Corinth were involved in lawsuits against other church members (6:1). And if that wasn’t…

Romans 16 | It’s About People

In some ways, Romans 16 is anti-climatic. Apart from some theological meaty exhortations, there is just a list of people to whom Paul sends his greetings. These are all names of people we know very little about. After fifteen chapters of theological dynamite, this almost seems like a let down. We would expect this glorious book to end in a more dynamic way. Yet, this is perhaps a most fitting conclusion to Romans. Look at how many people Paul knew…

Romans 15 | Playing Second Fiddle

An admirer once asked Leonard Bernstein, the world-famous orchestra conductor, what was the hardest instrument to play. He replied without hesitation. “Second fiddle. I can always get plenty of first violinists, but to find one who plays second violin with as much enthusiasm, or second French horn or second flute, now that’s a problem. And yet, if no one plays second, we have no harmony.” If no one plays second, we have no harmony. No beauty. No symphonies. No glory. One of…

Romans 14 | Who Is Your Grand Poobah?

 “For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end, Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.” Romans 14:8-9   For those of us old enough to remember the Flintstones cartoon created by Hanna-Barbera, you may recall that Fred was a member of the Loyal…

Romans 13 | God and Government, Laws and Love

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God” Romans 13:1 Wait. Our political leaders are ordained by God? Seriously? I know that is what Paul says, but it can’t be what he means, surely. Especially in this election year where all the bets are off and conventional wisdom is out the window – and most available candidates do not think like we…

Romans 12 | For The Love of God

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,” (Romans 12:1 ESV). In The Christian Leader, Don Ratzlaff recounts a story from Ernest Gordon’s book, Miracle on the River Kwai.  Set in some of the most difficult days of World War II,  Ratlzlaff tells of Scottish soldiers who were forced by their Japanese captors to labor on a jungle railroad under cruel and barbaric conditions. In spite of their adversity, one afternoon something happened that would change the…

Romans 11 | Mercy Beyond Measure

Bryan Chapell tells a story about learning to use a crosscut saw with his father. As Bryan and his father were sawing through a log that had a rotten core, a piece of wood sheared off that looked just like a horse’s head. So Bryan took it home and then later on gave it to his dad as a present. Chapell continues: I attached a length of two-by-four board to that log head, attached a rope tail, and stuck on…

Romans 10 | Preach the Gospel (and by Necessity, Use Words)

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” Romans 10:17 (ESV) In recent years, a saying widely attributed to St. Francis of Assisi has become popularized; “Preach the Gospel, and if necessary, use words.” This saying has especially become owned by those in various missional movements who advocate a more incarnationalform of evangelism, less dependent on words to promulgate the message. This approach is big on living a lifestyle that affirms the Gospel; thus, preaching withoutwords. This is…

Romans 9 | Why I Am “Pro-Choice”

Now before you get in a line to stone me, let me explain what I mean when I say that I’m “pro-choice”. I’m not talking about whether a person should have the right to choose when a life given by God is viable and whether or not to allow it to live past conception. In that regard, I am 110% Pro-LIFE! What I am talking about is that I am thankful God has chosen me to be one of His…

Romans 8 | All Things Work Together For Good!

Four years ago, our son Levi was sick with strep throat. We did what most parents would do and took him to the doctor and they prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. Just a few days into the treatment, Levi began to develop large blisters all over his body and his lips swelled shut and turned black. We were horrified at this, as you can imagine, and rushed him to the doctor. We ended up seeing five doctors and none of…