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Over the years I met many pastors/preachers who told me they were afraid to preach Romans. Why?
Because the “new” perspective was attractive but they were both unsure of how to preach it that way and others were worried that some congregants would be disturbed.
Scholarship - Paul - Romans - Disagreements - Lots
Because the scholarship on Paul and Romans both demonstrates fierce disagreements and lots and lots of reading to understand — starting with E.P. Sanders and J.C. Beker and James D.G. Dunn and N.T. Wright and D. Campbell and Tom Schreiner and Michael Gorman, and then there’s the Germans like Peter Stuhlmacher and Martin Hengel… and, well, it’s too much for most pastors.
Because the emphasis on justice in our church culture made Romans seem much less interesting.
Romans - Letter
Because Romans is a long, long letter.
Because Romans has just about every pet theological theme in Christian theology and require lots of study to comprehend.
Galatians - Simpler - Sweeter
Because Galatians is shorter, simpler, and sweeter.
So, and this has surprised me over the years, many pastors/preachers have just avoided Romans. Scholars even have ignored the immensity of scholarship here so I can’t blame pastors for being bewildered. So, Joe Modica and I conspired to come up with a volume that sketches four positions — more about other positions below — that shape some of the current discussion. We thought an essay by a major proponent along with sermons reflecting that approach to Paul and Romans would give pastors some understanding of Paul and some examples of how people preach Romans. There are more ways and we have something in the planning stage for that.
Book - Scot - McKnight - Joseph - B
Our book is Scot McKnight, Joseph B. Modica, editors, Preaching Romans: Four Perspectives.
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