Life & Peace in Christ Jesus

Romans 7:24 - 8:6

The Passionate Participant
We return from our Retreat: Seeking "Rest and Delight" in God's presence, finding times of quiet renewal, meditation. If you look for books about meditation you'll find many on western variations of Buddhism, almost always with the invitation that this 'method' doesn't require any religion or faith. In that way they are true to the Buddha's self-help orientation of breaking the human situation of suffering with no dependence on any gods.

Paul also is dealing with the human experience of suffering, evil desire, brokenness. Some real similarities but a radically different vision of where hope lies. Paul sees our situation through the event of Jesus: his life, teaching, death, resurrection, all that he means in the light of God's long history with Israel, all that he means for all people.