In the past, I’ve pointed out how the first testament did have “regulations of divine worship” and that these regulations were plainly laid out in Leviticus, demonstrated by Moses to the priests, and expounded upon by later writers. When I… Read More »Romans 12:1 – Calculated Worship
First of all, thank you for responding to my last (now-deleted) post verifying that you saw it. A plug-in was apparently causing some of my posts to crash, but I couldn’t replicate it with any consistency, so diagnosing the problem… Read More »Scot McKnight’s Translation of Romans
Some of the best advice I’ve been given is that the Bible is its best commentary. When I received one of my first Bibles after my baptism, I put this advice in the front cover. Another way this idea is… Read More »Let the Easy Texts Interpret the Hard Texts?
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” Romans 8:15 What?! Does this sum up your experience? I don’t know about you,… Read More »Not a Spirit of Slavery Leading to Fear
So I was reading the common lectionary earlier today for some inspiration, when I saw that the upcoming reading for August 20th was from Matthew 15:21-28. I’m planning on speaking on this passage that week during our Sunday morning gathering,… Read More »Would God Really Throw It To the Dogs?
Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, fear the one who can destroy both soul and body in [Gehenna]. Matthew 10:28 I was listening to Brian Zahnd’s most recent sermon during the first… Read More »Who Does Jesus Want Them to Fear? Matthew 10:28
In my podcast Exploring Faith, Pursuing Grace, I asked my listeners to give some thoughts on what I might do an episode on. One of the questions was about elderships. All of the elders I have known and personally served… Read More »Some Thoughts on Elders: Qualifications (1/)
One of my favorite feelings is when the existential urgency of a sermon clicks for me. Let me explain what I mean. So if you go to my speaking schedule on my website, which is https://danielr.net/upcoming, then you’ll see that… Read More »A Bit About How I Write Sermons