Tom Wright‘s Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive into Paul’s Greatest Letter was an encouraging read. It is a dense commentary and a masterful treatment of Romans 8. The book is appropriately subtitled as it addresses the rhetorical framework or overall thrust of a passage, connecting structure, and
Sandra Richter’s book is difficult. Not intellectually, mind you. Far worse. It’s ethically demanding because it’s an eye-opening portrayal of God’s call for environmental responsibility. It addresses issues only the courageous will consider, but all are called on to engage. The concerns of creation care are not just critical, political, structural; they are ubiquitous. On every page this book is a biblical, practical, and down-to-earth call to action. Readers are not only informed about Scripture’s clear message of environmental stewardship, but challenged to make a difference. Richter’s purpose for writing Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About the Environment and Why It Matters is to provide a “biblical theology of environmental stewardship.” It is not overly technical and is especially …
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 With these words the Apostle Paul succinctly and poignantly “sums up the human tragedy” (Morris, Romans, p 176). Whereas Romans 1:18-3:20 might be understood as the indictment and evidence establishing guilt, Romans 3:23 is the closing
Heard a radio interview where the guest speaker recited Romans 8:28 saying essentially that God creates good out of the bad in the world. It’s as if to say that “God comes in behind us and cleans up our mess.” I know this is a popular reading of this passage
See Elizabeth McCabe’s fine article ““A Reexamination of Phoebe as a “Diakonos” and “Prostatis”: Exposing the Inaccuracies of English Translations” at the SBL site. HT: Euangelion.