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Romans 4:13-25

Lent 2B

Death continues to intimidate many people. As a result, most people will do almost anything to avoid or at least indefinitely postpone death. The Bible suggests that we’d even trade everything we have in exchange for an escape from death. We sometimes sense that many people believe that if we just didn’t have to worry…

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Romans 4:1-5,13-17

Lent 2A

When I was a teenager, we liked to sing a song that also had motions.  With arms and legs flailing, we’d sing something like: “Father Abraham/ Had many sons;/ Many sons had Father Abraham;/ And I am one of them,/ And so are you,/ So let’s all praise the Lord.” Now once you got past…

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Romans 4:13-25

Lent 2B

Life comes from death.  Perhaps there has never been a more counter-intuitive statement but there it is at the very heart of the Gospel: life comes from death.  But since none of us is capable of bringing life out of death, that paradoxical statement is also a huge red arrow pointing straight at grace.  It’s…

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Romans 4:1-5, 13-17

Lent 2A

Considering that we all love gripping courtroom dramas at the movies or on TV, it’s a wonder people don’t find parts of Romans more engaging.  When you read Romans 4, for instance, it’s not the least bit difficult in your mind’s eye to picture Paul as an attorney, pacing furiously in a courtroom as he…

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Romans 4:13-25

Lent 2B

Comments and Observations Did the apostle Paul distort the teachings of Jesus?  That’s the claim of some higher critics of the New Testament.  Jesus taught a simple but stringent Jewish Gospel, while Paul complicated it with categories taken from Hellenistic thought that dramatically changed Jesus’ message.  Paul, say the most radical critics, invented Christianity. A…

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