Monthly Archives: May 2011

Rome-ing Around

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This time I actually have an excuse for not posting over the last couple of weeks. To celebrate our 10th anniversary, my wife and I went on a trip overseas, and we have just returned home. I would have told … Continue reading

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Theologians Make Lousy Jokes

I heard Christopher Wright state that theologians tell lousy jokes, and to illustrate the point, he told this joke. I rather like it. A friend says to a seminarian, “What subjects are you studying at school?” The young theologian says, … Continue reading

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Faith as Initiation

In Cruciformity, Michael J. Gorman, examines the role of the cross in Paul’s writings. I found his remarks on Paul’s expression of faith to be helpful. There are two aspects of faith that should be understand as two halves of … Continue reading

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Initial and Necessary Response of Faith

In my reading for Galatians, I came across a couple of writers that had helpful comments on baptism. First up, a lengthy quote from Scot McKnight… Some will no doubt have problems with the observation that faith and baptism are … Continue reading

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Romans 7 and the Struggle with Sin

I’ve always understood Romans 7, especially verses 14-25, to be a simple discourse on the power of sin and the struggle that Christians will have with it. Sometimes the flesh wins over the spirit, leading Christians to commit sin despite … Continue reading

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New Exodus in Romans

In his commentary on Romans, N.T. Wright suggests that Paul uses the framework of New Exodus in Christ to relay his message.¬†God promised Abraham that he would undo the sin of Adam through him. The initial fulfillment of this promise … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright on Romans

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I’ve just finished up my Romans/Galatians test this last week. I’m doing a practicum this summer, and I have two classes and a thesis left. One of the assigned texts for my class was N.T. Wright’s commentary on Romans in … Continue reading

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