Justified Through Faith

Attention all Greek scholars! Figure this one out for me! Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Rom. 5:1, NIV) Therefore, since we have been made righteous through his faithfulness combined with our faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom. 5:1, CEB) Therefore, sinceContinue reading “Justified Through Faith”

The Common English Bible — A Year Later

Last Advent season I was part of the blogger series for the Common English Bible. They extended their blogging series through Lent, then to Pentecost, so I spent many months using the Common English Bible along with the NIV2011 in my teaching and preaching. Once the blogging event was over last spring, I still foundContinue reading “The Common English Bible — A Year Later”

The Great Reversal I Long For

Now that the world hasn’t ended (again), maybe we could continue on with the actions we might want to take as the people of God. We need to live out Advent in our world. Christ has come. He makes the difference. 19 The poor will again find joy in the Lord,     and the neediest of peopleContinue reading “The Great Reversal I Long For”

Sleep in heavenly peace… HA!

There are so many myths to bust about how we view our sanitized versions of Christmas. The perfect Mary and Joseph. The clean straw. All that good stuff. We want our “meek and mild” Jesus. But Advent is a time to be reminded of Jesus coming again. And when he comes, it’s not so “quiet.”Continue reading “Sleep in heavenly peace… HA!”

You’ve Been Lazy and Haven’t Been Listening

This verse out of the Common English Bible should wake us up! 11 We have a lot to say about this topic, and it’s difficult to explain, because you have been lazy and you haven’t been listening. (Heb. 5:11, CEB) There is so much to move on to, but too often we keep lagging behind. WeContinue reading “You’ve Been Lazy and Haven’t Been Listening”

Eternal One

25 In the beginning, Lord, you laid the earth’s foundation     and created the heavens. 26 They will all disappear     and wear out like clothes. You change them, as you would a coat,     but you last forever. 27 You are always the same.     Years cannot change you. 28 Every generation of those who serve you     will live in your presence. (PsalmContinue reading “Eternal One”

The Broken Promises of Humanity and the Majesty of Our God

Today’s reading was once again out of the Deuterocanonical Books. I have found the Common English Bible to be a great help in reading a portion of text I am unfamiliar with in my tradition. It keeps me aware of the importance of good translations that are easier to read. Sirach 43 is a tributeContinue reading “The Broken Promises of Humanity and the Majesty of Our God”