The OT & Ethics

This from Doug Moo’s Romans commentary, discussing Paul’s citation of Psalm 68:10 in Romans 15:3: The OT, though no longer a source of direct moral imperative ([Romans] 6:14, 15; 7:4), continues to play a central role in helping Christians to understand the climax of salvation history and their responsibilities as the new Covenant people of […]

Yes, I Amuse Myself

I would probably feel bad about this–if it weren’t for the fact that Flannery O’Connor accuses herself of the same vice. In writing to her friend “A”, she talks about reading her own stories and laughing and laughing at lines she finds humorous. I don’t laugh and laugh, but in proofing an article this week […]

“The Gospel”

The idea that, when reading Romans, one must choose whether Romans 1-4, 5-8, or 9-11 represents “the gospel” results from a basic misunderstanding of what “the gospel” is. “The gospel” is the Christ event itself: the good news that the crucified Christ is the resurrected Lord over all. It is only when one makes the […]

Stumbling Stone and Unity

Romans is written to wrestle with issues of Jews and Gentiles within the people of God. At a crucial point in the unfolding argument, Paul points to Jesus’ death as the great stumbling stone that keeps Jews from participating in the reign of its own messiah: Because not by faith(fulness) (ἐκ πίστεως) but as by […]