Romans 9-11: Reclaiming the Story of Israel

“I don’t want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers, so that you may not be conceited: “Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:‘The deliverer will come from Zion; he wil turn godlessnessContinue reading “Romans 9-11: Reclaiming the Story of Israel”

Romans 15,16: God’s Wrath, God’s Kindness, and the Path From Sin To Justice

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise toContinue reading “Romans 15,16: God’s Wrath, God’s Kindness, and the Path From Sin To Justice”

Romans 13: Death, Taxes and Reclaiming Justice

Reading with much fear and trembling in Romans 13 this morning. If Romans is a highly contentous book in Christian theology, this chapter, or at least the first 7 verses, might reflect the height of this tension given how it has been used to justify nationalism, political and religious allegiances, violence, and, of course, appealsContinue reading “Romans 13: Death, Taxes and Reclaiming Justice”

Month in Review: Favorite Watches, Reads and Listens For April, 2022

Movies You Won’t Be Alone (2022, Goran Stolveski) “It’s a burning, breaking thing, this world. A biting, wretching thing.” It’s only once the fullness of this story comes to fruition, conflicted as it is by the great tension of what it means to be human in largely uncaring and unconscious universe, that the horrific andContinue reading “Month in Review: Favorite Watches, Reads and Listens For April, 2022”

Revisiting Paul’s Letter to the Romans: My Journey With Justice Inside and Outside of the Church

I was recently asked why my focus on justice. What do I mean by this word or idea playing a pivotal role in my own journey, something I find myself coming back to at certain intersections of thought and belief (or perhaps hoped for transformation, to give that a more positive angle). One of theContinue reading “Revisiting Paul’s Letter to the Romans: My Journey With Justice Inside and Outside of the Church”

Romans: The grand narrative of God’s Wrath, the Human Vocation, and the True Justice of a World Made Right

I’ve mentioned from my time in Romans thus far the importance of “reading Romans backwards”, as Scott McKnight would suggest. This is important because of how Romans is positioned as a narrative. That is, Paul is weaving a story regarding that which he describes as his “Gospel”, “the Gospel of God… regarding his Son (1:2).”Continue reading “Romans: The grand narrative of God’s Wrath, the Human Vocation, and the True Justice of a World Made Right”

Romans: Finding Justice in the Imaging of God and the Liberating Power of Locating God’s Impartial Judgment of our Idolatry

On the subject of Justice in Romans:As I’ve posted before, I’m currently working through Pauls letter to the Romans in order to gain a better perspective on the notion of justice. Some takeaways from today’s reading- One of the challenges in reading Romans is locating the words of Paul in context. This is the reasonContinue reading “Romans: Finding Justice in the Imaging of God and the Liberating Power of Locating God’s Impartial Judgment of our Idolatry”

Romans, the terminology, and the single word group of justificaiton and righteousness: A Journey Towards True Justice

Getting back into Romans with Michael Gorman in my endeavor to parse out what it means to seek a “just” world (excellent so far by the way) with conversation partners in Scott McKnights Reading Romans Backwards, the Voxology Podcast’s present series on imaging in Romans, Faith Improvised’s recent series on Romans, and Beverly Gaventa’s WhenContinue reading “Romans, the terminology, and the single word group of justificaiton and righteousness: A Journey Towards True Justice”

Confronting the Cycles of Injustice and Imaging True Justice in a World Both Familiar and Unfamiliar: Finding the Imaging and the Idolatry in Robert Egger’s The Northman

I’ve heard this described as the film you get if Director Robert Eggers was given 90 million dollars to make a Robert Eggers film. Which of course is what did happen. More than just being an obvious observation however, this statement captures a key tension inherent within The Northman- the fact that this is aContinue reading “Confronting the Cycles of Injustice and Imaging True Justice in a World Both Familiar and Unfamiliar: Finding the Imaging and the Idolatry in Robert Egger’s The Northman”

Jesus, Justice, and the Way of the Cross

As I continue to dig deeper into the question of what justice is and what justice means, I didn’t expect to find such overlap in a random book I picked up for Holy Week. Jason Porterfield’s Fight Like Jesus: How Jesus Waged Peace Throughout Holy Week is not only highly recommended, it has much toContinue reading “Jesus, Justice, and the Way of the Cross”