Thursday, August 23, 2007

Intro to Romans

I started the introduction to the book of Romans today with my class. Here's a quote from Martin Luther that I used to show the impact of the book:

“This Epistle is the chief part of the New Testament and the very purest Gospel, which, indeed, deserves that a Christian not only know it word for word by heart but deal with it daily as with daily bread for the soul. For it can never be read or considered too much or too well, and the more it is handled the more delightful it becomes, and the better it tastes...In this Epistle we thus find most abundantly the things that a Christian ought to know, namely, what is law, gospel, sin, punishment, grace, faith, righteousness, Christ, God, good works, love, hope, and the cross; and how we are to conduct ourselves toward everyone, be he righteous or sinner, strong or weak, friend or foe, and even toward our own selves." (Martin Luther, Preface to the Book of Romans, 1546, 35, p.380)