Monthly Archives: March 2017

Slavery –> Freedom –> Slavery

Romans 6:15-23 “Slave” is an awfully strong word for Paul to use, don’t you think? Here’s part of what makes it so strong for us Americans: only five societies in the history of the world that have had true slave economies. Just five – and we’re one of them. So even though it’s been 154 […]

But how?

Romans 3:21-26 But now. That’s how today’s passage starts, and those powerful words signal that a major change has happened through Jesus Christ. (Bible scholars like Craddock and Achtemeier noticed this long before me.) But now. We are sinful, but now. We have tried to solve sin on our own, but now. We have tried […]

Why we need Jesus

Romans 3:9-20 John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, struggled to feel a real assurance of his faith. He marveled at the Moravian Christians; during a storm that threatened to sink their ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, their knees didn’t knock and their faith didn’t break. Wesley desperately wanted a faith […]


Matthew 4:1-11 For forty days Jesus was tempted by Satan. No spoiler alert here; as you can guess, he passed all three parts of the test with flying colors. Part 1: Satan tells Jesus, “If you’re the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread” (4:3). Lest the point is lost on […]