Proper 11 · Romans 8:18-27 · July 20, 2008


Proper 11 · Romans 8:18-27 · July 20, 2008

By William W. Schumacher, The previous text (Ro 8:12-17) presented us with “Life by the Spirit of Christ.” The present text, the second of three consecutive readings from this chapter, encourages us under the theme of “Hope in the Midst of Suffering.” Paul does not pretend that faith in Christ removes life’s difficulties. In fact, ..


Proper 8 · Romans 7:1-13 · June 29, 2008


Proper 8 · Romans 7:1-13 · June 29, 2008

By Anthony Cook, Textual Comments: In the section of Romans preceding this text (6:12-23), Paul illustrates our relationship with God as both instruments and slaves of righteousness, but in this section, the opening illustration is that of marriage. In the same way that a bride is bound to her husband until death, so too we are ..


Proper 7 · Romans 6:12-23 · June 22, 2008


Proper 7 · Romans 6:12-23 · June 22, 2008

By Anthony Cook, Introduction to the Sixth-Eighth Sundays after Pentecost As I began to prepare homiletical helps for Propers 7-9,I realized that the three sequential texts comprise the central portion of a larger section of Romans normally identified as Romans 6:1-8:39. This section transitions from the previous section, Romans 5:12-21, which contrasts Adam’s disobedience and its ..


Proper 6 · Romans 5:6-15 · June 15, 2008


Proper 6 · Romans 5:6-15 · June 15, 2008

By William W. Schumacher, This pericope is an interesting selection for a couple of reasons. For one thing, the assigned verses for this Sunday’s Epistle lesson combine two rather different thoughts. Verses 6-11 develop the theme of peace with God through justification, introduced in the beginning of the chapter. Verse 12 starts a new idea, vividly ..


Proper 4 · Romans 3:21-28 · June 1, 2008


Proper 4 · Romans 3:21-28 · June 1, 2008

By William W. Schumacher, It is always a challenge to preach on a very familiar text in such a way that people actually hear the message afresh. Familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then complacency and inattention. For Lutherans, these verses from the third chapter of Romans are perilously familiar, and both the preacher and his hearers ..


Proper 3 · Romans 1:8-17 · May 25, 2008


Proper 3 · Romans 1:8-17 · May 25, 2008

By Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. The apostle Paul had long planned to visit the brethren in Rome who had heard the Gospel from other Christian preachers (1:13). When Paul wrote his Epistle to the Romans, he had yet to deliver a collection to the poor Jewish Christians in Jerusalem before making the long-awaited trip to the ..


Easter 4 · 1 Peter 2:19-25 · April 13, 2008


Easter 4 · 1 Peter 2:19-25 · April 13, 2008

By David I. Lewis, Introduction: In the three year lectionary the Fourth Sunday of Easter is also designated “Good Shepherd Sunday” with readings from John 10 as the Gospel text dispersed over the three years. Today’s Epistle is read on this Sunday perhaps especially because of verse 25 which does relate to this theme—”For you were ..