Isaiah 56 (contd.) – Pierced Through

Welcome back to Isaiah 56. Yesterday, I found plenty to say about the first verse alone (and, for that matter, the exigencies of drafting a blog post in the Chicago O’Hare Airport without a laptop). Today we’re digging into the meat of the chapter, which concerns foreigners and eunuchs and how they relate to Israel, God’s chosen people. The Sabbath, as we’ve seen, is also an important element, so let’s check it out.

Romans 16

Today’s Passage: Romans 16 The tail end of chapter 15 had Paul giving some personal notes and travel plans to his Roman readers, and here he continues in that vein with a bunch of personal greetings. A phrase in verses 3-4 jumped out to me: “Greet Prisca and Aquila…who for my life risked their own necks…” I […]

Romans 15

Today’s Passage: Romans 15 Paul’s got a vision for the church. What does he want to see? He wants to see people following Christ’s sacrificial example, looking out for other people’s benefit instead of selfishly pursuing their own pleasure. He wants to see people accepting each other. He wants to see the church on the […]

Romans 14

WARNING: Uneven Chocolate Break detected. That’s two in a row. What is wrong with you? Today’s Passage: Romans 14 In Romans 14:2, Paul writes, “One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only,” demonstrating that no mature Christian is a vegetarian. But seriously (because that was […]

Romans 13

WARNING: Uneven Chocolate Break detected. Please dispose of chocolate as quickly as possible in the nearest approved  Chocolate Disposal Receptacle. Today’s Passage: Romans 13 Here’s another of Paul’s passages that is a hard pill to swallow, especially for us Americans. The ideas of submission to authority expressed in this passage form an important part of […]

Romans 12

Today’s Passage: Romans 12 Hands up if you had to memorize Romans 12:1-2 for Vacation Bible School. These days I’m experiencing the renewing of my mind, and it is fantastic. To be honest, my mind can be an absolute sludge pit of toxic thought patterns, a contradictory mix of pride and self-flagellation, an obsessive preoccupation with what others think of […]