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Romans

Living in the World

Feelings and emotions aside, Tim Tebow (NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos) represents Christ well. Even if you think he should be quiet or tone it down a bit, you cannot deny the fact that he sticks to what he believes in and that is Jesus Christ. He represents Christ well. A week ago, a former NFL quarterback criticized him for always thanking God and talking about God. His response was, “If you’re married, and you have a wife, and you really love your wife, is it good enough to only say to your wife ‘I love her’ the day you get married? Or should you tell her every single day when you wake up and every opportunity? That’s how I feel about my relationship with Jesus Christ; it is the most important thing in my life.” This is an example of how we should live our lives. It doesn’t mean we should throw God in peoples’ faces, it means that if Christ truly is the most important thing in our lives, shouldn’t we want to tell people about him? Wouldn’t we want to take any chance we could to give thanks and give him the glory for everything in our lives — whether that’s scoring touchdowns or getting an A on a test?

He later made a comment that said if all we are doing is scoring touchdowns and winning football games, we really haven’t done much as football players. This statement is true for all of us as well. If all we do while we are at college is go to class, study, and play video games, or go to parties, we really haven’t done much as people.

We are called to live IN the world, but not OF the world. And while living in this world we need to recognize where everything comes from. We are called to give glory to God for everything in our lives and give thanks in all circumstances. Not because it’s popular but because it’s what we believe. He is the reason for all good things in our life. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Kevin Petermeyer, UMin Intern

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Resources for Romans Series

Some resources you might want to check out for further studies on Romans:

Resources and Bibliography:

Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book. The perfect guide for getting a handle on the basic themes of Romans. This tool is especially helpful if you are going to sit down and read straight through the letter on your own.

Douglas Moo, The Epistle to the Romans. This is more information that you want, but Moo covers every argument on every issue throughout Romans. His comments on the structure of the letter were particularly insightful and consequently influenced the structure of this series. Originally recommended to me by George Hinman.

Earl Palmer, Salvation by Surprise. In my opinion, this is Earl’s best; Complete with diagrams this is might actually be the most clearly systematic of the commentaries that I worked with. Earl follows the structure of Paul’s argument very closely and helps readers understand each section as the argument progresses.

Tom (N.T.) Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans (One and Two). Accessible commentary where N.T. Wright essentially gives “kids sermons” on the different themes throughout Romans. A very helpful resource when you are trying to figure out what not to say or cover. Wright has gone on to write some of the most provocative stuff on Romans in decades, most of it pretty heady.

N.T. Wright, Justification. Wright’s exploration of Paul’s theology of justification through Galatians and Romans. He takes a covenantal approach to justification in response to John Piper’s recent book challenging Wright.

John Piper, The Future of Justification, a Response to N.T. Wright. A justification understanding through the lens of the Reformers, directly challenging the theology of justification of N.T. Wright.

Paul Achtemeier, Romans (Interpretation Commentary). Achtemeier does an excellent job of clarifying the issues for the average reader, but offers an in-depth account that addresses all of the issues that Paul is unpacking in Romans.