Reimagining Faith: Faithfulness

One of the most important debates in NT scholarship for the past 30 years or so has been the interpretation of the Greek phrase πίστις Χριστοῦ (pistis christou; “the faith of Christ”). Basically, it comes down to this: is Paul talking about “faith in Christ” (objective genitive) or “the faithfulness of Christ” (subjective genitive) when […]

Reimagining Faith: Into Christ

Yesterday we did a bit of thinking about the apparently strange juxtaposition of justification by faith and final judgment based on works. I’ve been wondering if there are a couple of roads we might run down to reconceive what saving faith looks like. The first facet worth exploring is the conjunction of faith with our […]

Righteous Because of Wrath?

One major conundrum in the book of Romans comes in 1:18. Most commentators (wrongly, of course, but we’ll show them grace) look to the immediately preceding verses as the thesis statement of the letter: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone who believes–to […]