Welcome to Paul’s letter to the Galatians! Now that we’re into a new book, let’s keep talking about counterfeits like we did yesterday.
Transitioning is hard. It’s a new place in my Bible, new chocolate, new Bible Gateway link to a new book, and it’s gonna be new hashtags when I post the photo to Instagram. I’ve got that Psalms momentum, but here I am taking a hard right turn, and it’s just about killed my velocity. I read 1 Corinthians 1 today—I’ve been thinking about doing a series on everything Paul wrote, call it All the Paul. And since we’ve already gone through Romans, I figured I’d get into the next book in line. But man, writing anything about this feels like tunneling through a brick wall.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Today’s Passage: Romans 11 “May It Never Be” Count: 10 (+2, verses 1 and 11) In Romans, Paul is dealing with some big questions about the role of Judaism and Jewishness in the brave new world ushered in by Jesus’ resurrection. Romans 11’s big question is: has God turned his back on his chosen people? To answer […]
Today’s Passage: Romans 10 Paul has loaded this passage to the gills with Old Testament quotations, largely drawing from Isaiah 52-53 and Deuteronomy 30 and 32. Let’s take a closer look at how he uses Deuteronomy 30:11-14 to contrast the righteousness from law and the righteousness from faith: For Moses writes that the man who practices […]
Today’s Passage: Romans 9 I fell into a trap. Instead of sharing my thoughts on the daily passage, as I originally intended, I started summarizing it. I begin each post by linking to the entire passage specifically so that you can read it without relying on me to summarize it! So, I apologize for falling into the trap. […]