Archive for August, 2016

Saturday of Trinity 12 – Romans 15:17-33

ShareRomans 15:17-33 What is it that we’re doing?  What are we doing with our lives?  Are we just breathing air, taking up space, occupying time, working to pay bills so we have a place to live so we can work to pay our bills . . . ? I know all of you have had […]

August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 12 – Romans 15:1-16

ShareRomans 15:1-16 I love books.  At my last count (taken several years ago), I have over 2000 books now – and counting.  Every time we move (which has been way too often in the past), Jackie and I are struck by how many boxes of books there are to move.  Usually, I have to lift […]

August 18, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 12 – Romans 14:13-23

ShareRomans 14:13-23 What would your day look like if from the first thing in the morning until the last thing at night you acted completely in love? Take a few moments (if not now, then at the end of today’s Give Us This Day) and visualize your day in terms of what it would look […]

August 17, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Trinity 12 – Romans 14:1-12

ShareRomans 14:1-12 One of my favorite things that came out of the Reformation was a renewed interest in and discussion of adiaphora.  Yes, adiaphora, those cute little creatures that are neither essential nor exceptionally important but in which there is Christian liberty. A few of the things that St. Paul lists as adiaphorous are: food […]

August 16, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Tuesday of Trinity 12 – Romans 13

ShareRomans 13 What is the strongest substance known to man?  On the Moh’s scale, it is diamond, which is a 10.  To be more precise, the hardest substance now known to man is aggregated diamond nanorods or, ADNRs, which are an allotrope of carbon believed to be the hardest and least compressible known material, as […]

August 15, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 12 – Romans 12

ShareRomans 12 For 11 chapters now, St. Paul has spoken logically, fervently, and powerfully about the grace of God in your life by which you have a faith that saves you.  All arguers and arguments that would raise themselves up against God and His mind have been bulldozed by Paul’s Acme Spiritual Bulldozing Co. You […]

August 14, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 11 – Romans 11:22-35

ShareRomans 11:22-35 St. Paul was a man who liked to live on the edge, especially since that’s where God put Him.  Come to think of it: that’s where many of us will end up if we passionately and courageously follow the Lord wherever He tells us to go.  Paul followed His Master to the city […]

August 12, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 11 – Romans 11:1-21

ShareRomans 11:1-21 As with a lot of the book of Romans, the thorny issue of election and predestination sprouts up here in Romans 11.  But this time in a different way. This time, though St. Paul reminds us of Israel’s election (verse 28) and that the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable (verse 29), […]

August 11, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 11 – Romans 10

ShareRomans 10 What were you thinking about right before you started to read Give Us This Day this morning (today)? What’s the default mode of your inner existence?  When the distractions of the world are stripped away and you lie awake and still at night, what whispers in your ears and heart? The word that […]

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Wednesday of Trinity 11 – Romans 9

ShareRomans 9 Theodicy is perhaps the number one intellectual reason given why people will not accept the One True God.  Theodicy, which comes from Greek for “God” and “justice,” is a term coined by the philosopher Leibniz (who concluded that in spite of the evil in it, this is “the best of all possible worlds”) […]

August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments More