Conversations with Scripture: Romans

Jay Sidebotham

Mar/2015, 144 Pages, PAPERBACK, 6 x 9

ISBN-13: 9780819229915

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• Established resource series for church groups and individual use

• An expert in church renewal takes the opportunity to approach the series in a fresh, new fashion

It has been said that we are called not only to read Scripture but to let Scripture read us. In that spirit, this book will guide readers into conversation with Paul’s letter to the Romans. The author will help us listen to what that letter said to the people to whom it was written and to hear what it says to us today. Readers will bring their own reflections, personal concerns, and questions to the table as we let this letter challenge us with meaning—letting it read the reader.

The thesis of this book is that the letter has demonstrated transforming power to renew lives and the church through a focus on worship; a rigorous assessment of the human condition, especially the failure of human religiosity; a claim of transforming power in the ongoing life of Christ; an expansive vision of who is included in God’s life and love; a call to practical application and proclamation of the gospel.

For thoughtful lay audiences, groups/parish study; resource for clergy, and education professionals.

Read the first chapter here.

The Rev. Jay Sidebotham is executive director of RenewalWorks in Wilmington, North Carolina. This came of his work as rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he led the congregation through an intensive and sustained period of spiritual growth and renewal. He served earlier at St. Bartholomew's, New York City; St. Columba's, Washington, DC; St. Luke's, Durham, North Carolina; and St. Martin's, Providence, Rhode Island. He is well known for his cartoons about church life and his animation work on the television cartoon Schoolhouse Rock! He lives in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

Central to any movement into keener appreciation of the foundational beliefs and teachings of our faith is an ongoing engagement with the writings of St. Paul, especially with his “Letter to the Romans.” In this remarkable volume, Jay Sidebotham, who is himself both priest and teacher, gives us all the framework needed for a vigorous, nuanced, fresh reading of that work. Sidebotham’s approach is low key, pastoral, even humble at times, but the conversation it elicits is guaranteed to be as evocative and stimulating as this book is insightful.
—Phyllis Tickle, author of The Great Emergence  

For Jay Sidebotham, “holy eavesdropping” on Paul’s letter to the Romans allows contemporary Christians to hear Paul’s convictions about God’s faithfulness, call, and our response and transformation into new obedient lives in Christ. I commend this careful study, especially the thoughtful questions and discussion prompts at the end of each chapter.
—Deirdre Good
Professor of New Testament, General Theological Seminary, New York City  

Whether you are reading the Letter to the Romans, St. Paul’s greatest and most demanding work, for the first time or the twentieth, I can’t imagine a more helpful guide. Jay Sidebotham takes dense and difficult concepts and language and enables them to speak simply and directly to our time. He provides context, perspective, and best of all, the sense that Paul is still speaking to us here and now—thanks to the clarity and wisdom of this gifted companion.  
—The Rev. Dr. Samuel T. Lloyd III
Rector, Trinity Church, Copley Square, Boston

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