It's impossible to overemphasize the significance of Rom 1:16-17. Porter is absolutely right when he claims that Rom 1:16-17 is the "theme for the entire letter" (Porter, Letter to the Romans, 57). I read and re-read Rom 1:17a this morning to realize that this is one of the most complete and satisfying descriptions (or even … Continue reading Romans 1:17a
In my previous post, I promised to write more about the innovative nature of Paul's letters. No one denies that Paul lived in the Greco-Roman world as a devout Jew. But it is one thing to know that fact but is another to claim that Paul was nothing but an ordinary Jew living in the … Continue reading Paul the Innovative Letter-Writer
I often think of humanity as an arrogant man living in a beautiful mansion. This man didn't build this house. The Builder let him rent the entire house for free. But this haughty man claims that he doesn't see any evidence of the existence of the Builder and goes even further to say that the … Continue reading Where Is God?
Imagine traveling from Canada to, say, Japan by a paper plane. It is impossible. We need a passenger jet. Even with it, it will take more than ten hours. Imagine then you're flying from Toronto to Tokyo with your friends. One of them--let's call him Tom--however, shows up at the airport with a bag of … Continue reading Arrogant Sin of Rejecting Christ
Who likes to talk about sin? None. Because it makes us uncomfortable. I think that the Apostle Paul was adamant in discussing the sin issue that severed us from God. Sin is not a popular topic and it never has been. It, however, seems to me that both "New Perspective on Paul" and "Paul within … Continue reading Sin (罪)