Roger Severino

God Loves the World: Red and Yellow, Black and White.

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Anyone who believes in him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

I was fortunate to grow up in a family that saw different races and ethnic groups as equal, and strongly supported the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. Because of this, my parents were intentional about sending me to public schools in Nashville at the...more

HAVING A GOSPEL CONVERSATION WITH YOURSELF

When I was growing up, there was a commercial with the following tag line: “Orange Juice. It’s not just for breakfast anymore.” The makers of this well-known beverage wanted to instill into the minds of consumers that their consumption of OJ should not be limited to the early part of the day. When I came to faith as an adolescent, I understood the gospel, likewise, to have a limited...more

THE DANGER OF THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

Mark 12:28-34 28 One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked him, “Which command is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 The second...more

Six Things Barnabas can teach us about Spiritual Leadership (Acts 11:19-26)

Who comes to mind when you think about a great spiritual leader? The Apostle Paul? Billy Graham? Martin Luther, or one of the Reformers? One of the reasons we may not think of Barnabas is that he seems like a normal guy in the New Testament. That’s one of the reasons our church has a series called “Just Like Barnabas”; he is someone we can relate to and don’t...more

In the Fullness of Time, God Sent His Son

Did you ever wonder about the timing of Jesus’ birth? Was there any particular reason He was born around 2,000 years ago? Why at that time, and not earlier? Or after? Ultimately, only God knows the answer to those questions. But that hasn’t stopped Christians from speculating. As Paul tells us in Galatians 4:4, “When the time came to completion, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born...more

HOW IS THE BIBLE PUT TOGETHER?

Picture Credit: http://cdn.history.com/sites/2/2015/03/LIST-6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-dead-sea-scrolls-E.jpeg When we open the Bible, what do we find? We soon discover that this larger book is a compilation of multiple books arranged in two broad categories that are referred to as the Old and New Testaments. Our Christian Old Testament contains the same content as the Hebrew Bible, or the Jewish Scriptures, except the arrangement is different. The Old Testament begins with creation in the...more

WHO WROTE THE BIBLE?

One of the first things we want to know about any good book is “Who is the author?” Have you ever asked that question about the Bible? Though Christians throughout the ages have affirmed that there is a divine inspiration of the Bible, there has always been a recognition that God spoke through human authors to write these various books. I use the word “books” intentionally, because the Bible...more

REFLECTIONS ON HUMILITY FROM WINSTON CHURCHILL, JIM COLLINS, C.S. LEWIS AND JOHN THE BAPTIST

Winston Churchill described political rival, Clement Attlee, as “a modest man, who has much to be modest about.” No one mistook that for a compliment. He also said Attlee was a “sheep in sheep’s clothing.” Again, “an empty taxi arrived at 10 Downing Street, and when the door was open, Attlee got out.” Is modesty proof of a weak leader? Is humility a virtue even to be desired? Do...more

Ideas for a Personal Spiritual Retreat and Soul Care Day

One of the things I love about serving at our church is that there is an intentional emphasis on soul care and the need for ministers (and all believers) to care for their souls. In fact, one of the gifts the church gives our ministers is a monthly spiritual retreat day for prayer, study, and spiritual refreshment. Our pastor often reminds us that ministry should be out of overflow,...more

How Do I Read and Teach the Grand Story of Scripture?

Followers of Jesus cannot read the Bible without understanding that he is the climax of the Bible’s Story and that the Old Testament points to and anticipates him as the fulfillment of all the types and promises of Scripture. Jesus himself instructed us to read the Bible using a Christ-centered approach. Consider these passages: John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal...more
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