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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 […]

August 10, 2016 | 0 Comments More

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

Tuesday of Trinity 11 – Romans 8:28-39

ShareRomans 8:28-39 This God is a strange person, unlike any human we’ve ever met.  It’s not just that He’s God and the Maker of the Universe and Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omnitemporal, and Omniscient – those are scary and strange enough. It’s also that He’s so perfect and simple.  All that He Is, is also what He […]

August 8, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Trinity 11 – Romans 8:18-27

ShareRomans 8:18-27 The saying goes that there are only two things certain in this life: death and taxes.  If you’re a baseball fan it used to be certain that the Red Sox would not win another World Series.  And if you’re a Cubs fan like I am, then it still seems pretty certain that the […]

August 7, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Saturday of Trinity 10 – Romans 8:1-17

ShareRomans 8:1-17 Imagine that your house is a single cell that measures 6 X 8 feet. In your house, you have a bed, table, chair, locker, a few shelves, lights and a window. You have access to a community bathroom located at the end of the hallway.  Every day at 7:00 am, 11:30 am, 5:00 […]

August 5, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Trinity 10 – Romans 7:14-25

ShareRomans 7:14-25 I used to want to be a psychologist, or at least a cognitive scientist.  I’m interested in the bizarre diversity present within human beings, especially the more bizarre aspects of who we are.  There was a time when I wanted to study dreams and how vivid various people’s were, and when I was […]

August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Trinity 10 – Romans 7:1-13

ShareRomans 7:1-13 “Wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony?  Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?” “I […]

August 4, 2016 | 0 Comments More