Noise Reduction

A Quiet Place is a 2018 horror movie about a family trying to survive in a post apocalyptic world where there are blind monsters with hypersensitive hearing. Any kind of noise can get you in trouble. In the movie (and it’s recently released sequel), too much noise can get you killed because it alerts theContinue reading “Noise Reduction”

Baptism And Wedding Vows

If you listen closely to the vows couples exchange during a wedding ceremony (whether they are traditional or ones they have written), they all have the same intent and purpose and say the same thing. They are promises that each will commit themselves to the attitudes and actions conducive to happy, healthy marriages. No oneContinue reading “Baptism And Wedding Vows”

Waiting Or Walking?

I read a short story about a man in the basement of a building over one-hundred stories high. He was standing in front of a bank of elevators. The lights on them were flashing as they charted the floors the elevators were traveling to. And though they made frequent stops on the ground floor aboveContinue reading “Waiting Or Walking?”

Some Background For Romans 9-11

Paul had never been to Rome and he was eager to go there. Many disciples might have found the city intimidating with its pantheon of gods—which included the imperial cult that worshipped Rome and its emperors. To go to the Eternal City proclaiming that Jesus was Lord (rather than Nero) was something that could beContinue reading “Some Background For Romans 9-11”

Sincerely (But No Longer) Yours

Paul’s statement, “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Romans 8:1), is a crescendo he has been building toward from the beginning of his letter (1:16ff).  As such, it is embedded with a richness that is easy to overlook. He’s saying something more than we’ve been forgiven of our sins (andContinue reading “Sincerely (But No Longer) Yours”

Selling Out To Good

Finn Daly is six years old and lives in West Hartford, Connecticut. He has Down Syndrome and autism. He also has a great love and appreciation for our country’s flag. He can sit on the floor of his house and look through the storm door at the flag flying outside for long periods of time.Continue reading “Selling Out To Good”

Torah Righteousness Vs. True Righteousness (2)

As Paul had previously mentioned (3:21,31), the Torah did bear witness to a righteousness beyond itself and that brings us to “the righteousness that is by faith.” He takes up this point in 10:6 when he quotes Deuteronomy 30 to make his case. And how does the text quoted (v. 12-14) point to the righteousnessContinue reading “Torah Righteousness Vs. True Righteousness (2)”

Torah Righteousness Vs. True Righteousness (1)

Sometimes things work out exactly like we think they will. We can see how circumstances are lining up and the outcome seems quite predictable before it happens. For example, in the area where we live if the weather gets too warm too early in the year, it’s almost inevitable that bad storms that spawning highContinue reading “Torah Righteousness Vs. True Righteousness (1)”

They Don’t Get Me (2)

1.  Practice acceptance. Paul tells begins and ends the section by telling them to accept each other with all of their “baggage” (14:1, 15:7). A little acceptance goes a long way. Moreover, if God has accepted us then there’s no reason why we can’t be accepting of each other (14:3-4). 2. Be flexible. The reason the Golden Gate BridgeContinue reading “They Don’t Get Me (2)”