We're too quick to ignore one of Paul's most persistent warnings.
This is a good year to think about boasting. That's true for at least three reasons. Trivially, because American public discourse involves an unusual amount of boasting. (We'll fix health care for good, or crush ISIS, or "make America great again.") Historically, because this is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which Martin Luther (among others) saw as a call for the church to boast not in works, but solely in the Cross of Christ. Theologically, because the contemporary church hardly ever mentions the concept — even though the apostle Paul mentioned it dozens of times in just a few short letters. The problem could be our fairly childish perspective on what counts as "boasting." continue reading >>