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”

The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Crucifixion: A Vision of God With Us

Reflecing on the pattern of the Tabernacle this afternoon after listening to a podcast about its history and its significance in the Biblical narrative. As modern readers of scripture we often miss the significance of the mountain imagery in scripture, mostly I think because we fail to notice how central the moutain is to GenesisContinue reading “The Tabernacle, the Temple, and the Crucifixion: A Vision of God With Us”

Christianity and the World: How Holy Week Helps Me to Make Sense of the Worlds Diversity

Just thinking about this as I continue to read An Asian Introduction to the New Testament, and as we head into Holy Week. One of the things the authors of this book point out (it’s a collection of writings walking through each book of the NT from a cross section of Asian theologians/scholars) is howContinue reading “Christianity and the World: How Holy Week Helps Me to Make Sense of the Worlds Diversity”

Job and the Suffering of The Righteous One: Leading into Holy Week with Tim Mackie and Bridgetown Church

Great lecture from Tim Mackie (from The Bible Project). Perfect for heading into Holy Week. He speaks on the book of Job, setting Job within the larger context of the Hebrew scriptures in order to capture the archetypal patterns that both help frame the book and as well Jesus’ employment of the book as heContinue reading “Job and the Suffering of The Righteous One: Leading into Holy Week with Tim Mackie and Bridgetown Church”

Issues of Justice and the Beginning of a Deep Dive in to Romans

I feel like the spirit is doing some stirring in me as of late, although I’m not entirely sure where it’s leading me yet. It’s a topic I’ve come back to at numerous intersections in my life, that of justice and the closely related idea of forgiveness. I have long wrestled with and been deeplyContinue reading “Issues of Justice and the Beginning of a Deep Dive in to Romans”

Month in Review: Favorite Watches, Reads and Listens March 2022

Movies The Batman (Matt Reeves, 2022) The richness of Reeve’s vision for this reboot of the iconic character is made immediately known through a stunning mix of cinematography and powerful soundscape. Once this is established the film settles in with a measured pace, leaning heavily into the noir and highlighting the Detective motif. The BatmanContinue reading “Month in Review: Favorite Watches, Reads and Listens March 2022”