Today we look at Romans 8:12-17. Paul talks a lot about the "flesh" and the "Spirit". What does he mean? And then he talks about doing away with fear and living as children of God. How did Iris and Nereus understand that? And how can we understand that?
Today we zoom in on Romans 8:1: "There is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." What did that mean to Iris and Nereus? What could it mean for us? What does "condemnation" really mean? And who is condemning you?
Today we look at Romans 7 - an incredibly complex and obtuse section of this complex letter. It's about the law. When we live under the law instead of under grace the law kills - at every level. Paul refers to himself as a wretched, lost man, seemingly incurable but grateful he has been rescued by Jesus.
Today we look at Romans 6:15-23, in which Paul talks about us as being slaves - slaves to sin and/or slaves to God. This must have been very strange language for that collection of slaves, exiles and free people who listened to the letter as Phoebe read it. "We thought the good news was one of freedom! What's this 'slave' thing? It's complex stuff, some of the most complex in this letter. Join us as we try to make some sense of it.
To conclude our Advent and Christmas time in 2019, we look at the first events in the life of the young Jesus as recorded at the end of Luke 2. And we see three generations represented. How did each generation respond to the momentous events of that time?
Today we look at the Magnificat - the song Mary sung after the angel Gabriel appeared to her. C.S. Lewis calls it a "terrible" song, playing on the Latin word terribilis, which means “dreadful, frightful, fearsome.” It is a revolutionary song as well as a deeply personal song.