God’s Mercy Surpasses His Justice (Tues. June 21)

The word of the day is “accounted.”   When we hear that God “accounts” faith as righteousness, we are likely to think of our salvation in terms of a law court. And if we use this metaphor for understanding the work of Christ for our justification, we may think of it as a legal acquittal of the debt we owe God for our sins.  Today we reconsider what Paul means when he says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness” (OSB 4:3).  We will present a contrasting view to the usual emphasis on justice.  This perspective stresses the mercy of God, His active benevolence that brings us into a restored relationship with Him. In today’s reading of…

On Justification: Why Explanations of God’s Mercy Surpass Those of Divine Justice (Tues. June 29)

The word of the day is “accounted.”   When we hear that God “accounts” faith as righteousness, we are likely to think of our salvation in terms of a law court.  What is more,  if we use this metaphor for understanding the work of Christ for our justification, we may think of it as a legal acquittal of the debt we owe God for our sins.  Today we consider what Paul means when he says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness” (OSB 4:3).  We will present a contrasting view to the emphasis on justice.  This perspective stresses the mercy of God, His active benevolence that brings us into a restored relationship with Him. In today’s reading…

Living in the World but Not for the World (Thurs. Oct. 15)

Editor’s Note: this is a revised version of a comment that I posted for Wednesday, October 14 in error. Thank you for bearing with me as I refine this blog. The Word of the Day is “flesh.”  In our reading of Philippians 1:20-27, we find that St. Paul’s life is suspended while he waits for his trial before the Roman Emperor.  Paul continues to proclaim the Gospel with such power that the whole palace guard and others know about his suffering for Christ. Moreover, his example has emboldened his associates and even his opponents to preach Christ freely. Torn Between Life on Earth and Life in Heaven But Paul cannot see too far ahead, because at any moment the guards…