Romans

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...