4. The Concept of “Mercy” in the Old Testament

“Christ addressed himself,” writes John Paul II, “to people who not only knew the concept of mercy, but who also, as the People of God of the Old Covenant, had drawn from their age-long history a special experience of the mercy of God….” A number of Old Testament scriptures are cited in this early portion […]

Prayer and Respectful Relationships

Most of the time, we are in active relationship with those for whom we pray regularly, so we are always faced with the question,  “Am I myself hindering in some way the working of God’s Spirit in this person’s life?  Am I coming across as anxious or unfaithful or judgmental or controlling or, worst of all, unloving and […]

Likewise, wives…Likewise, husbands: I Peter 3

In the same spirit [likewise! See chapter 2:21-25] you married women should adapt yourselves to your husbands, so that even if they do not obey the Word of God they may be won to God without any word being spoken, simply by seeing the pure and reverent behavior of you, their wives….Similarly, you husbands should […]

Be Subject To One Another: Ephesians 5:21-33

In approaching this very important passage, there are a number of paths upon which we might walk.  One is to become more fully aware of what marriage and gender and family relationships were like in the Roman Empire during the time in which the Apostle Paul wrote.  I will have two very good handouts to […]