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In this series on Paul's introductory words to the church in Rome (Romans 1:1-7), we've looked at the "what" of the passage. We've identified the unique identity every Christian has who puts their faith in Christ and lives in faith and obedience to Him. We are doulos (slave), kletos (called), and aphoridzo (separated) to Christ...

The first post in this miniseries drew attention to the fictional "Borg," an alien species in a television show whose cultural uniqueness was absolute, unquestioned, irresistible conformity. Among the Borg, all sense of individuality was sacrificed to the reality of the whole. The Borg were not plural, though there were millions of them. The Borg...

When I was a kid and we were playing games, we had a saying for when one person excelled in an action over someone's counter-action. We would say the losing player "got owned" by the prevailing player. I can tell you, no one wanted to get "owned." It was embarrassing, disappointing, undesirable. Given that we...

Romans 1:1 (ESV) 1  Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God . . . In only eighteen words in the English text of Romans 1:1 the apostle Paul summarizes his whole life. Those eighteen words can be further condensed to four (three in the Greek...