Creation Groans; But Why? (RJS)

One of the passages that comes into play in the discussion of modern science and the Christian faith is Romans 8, especially verses 19-22. Certainly Romans 8 provides another reflection on Genesis 3 and the consequence of the Fall.  Or so many think. In Genesis 3 we read: To Adam he said, “Because you listened [Read More…]

Paul’s Adam and the Gospel (RJS)

Chapter seven of the new book by Peter Enns, The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins moves on to look explicitly at the way Paul uses Adam in Romans 5 and 1 Corinthians 15, with emphasis on Romans 5. There is no question but that these are key [Read More…]

Getting Back to Basics

One of my seminary professors said to me privately, when I mentioned a monster commentary I had recently seen, that commentary writing had become vulgar. He was referring to length. There is a place for someone to write hundreds of pages on a short epistle, say Titus, but there’s something profoundly weird about such intensity [Read More…]

Romans 8: Creation Groans (RJS)

We have spent several posts looking at Gen 1-3 and at Paul’s understanding of Genesis and its role in his atonement theology in Romans 5. In the course of this discussion several different people have brought up Romans 8, especially verses 19-22 as another important passage to inform our thinking. Certainly Romans 8 provides another [Read More…]

Bringing Romans Back to Life

Romans seems to have two kinds of responses today: either it is the book of all books, the book that brought Luther back to life and therefore the book for us, or it is the book to end all books — boring, dusty old piece of theology. If you are in the latter group, I’ve [Read More…]

Preaching Romans

Ever since I was in college and took a line-by-line course on Romans with Dr. John Wilson — from whom I learned how to diagram sentences and who has shaped my life ever since — I have loved Romans. Whenever we go to church and are sitting the pews (or seats) prior to the service, [Read More…]

Now to him who is able

Nearly 125 posts later we come to the end of this series on Romans and the commentary by NT Wright on Romans. I wasn’t sure how long it would take, nor did I really care. (Our next series will be on Psalm 119.) Here’s the ending of Paul’s letter: [Read more…]

Greetings from others

In Romans 16:21-24, Paul trots out his companions who wish to offer their greetings to the Roman Christians. [Read more…]

Dissensions: Once again

Wright has impressed me with the need to see the divisive nature of the threat to the Roman church, and that a passage like Romans 16:17-20 is not just a final idea to raise while Paul thinks of closing his letter. Instead … [Read more…]

The house groups of Rome

NT Wright, who admits up front that we should exercise caution, suggests that the list of names in Romans 16:1-16 points to the social make-up and to the number of house groups in Rome. He sees five or six house groups: Phoebe, Prisca/Aquila, Aristobulus, Narcissus, Asyncritus… brothers with them, etc. [Read more…]