Many evangelicals are taught to share the gospel according to “The Romans Road,” which charts a path through the book to explain the path to salvation. But English theologian and prolific author N.T. Wright says that while anything that highlights how God’s love reaches out to humanity is good news, the book of Romans itself paints a far more beautiful picture of salvation than The Romans Road can encapsulate.
On this episode of The Russell Moore Show, Wright and Moore discuss Wright’s new book on Romans 8, Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive into Paul’s Greatest Letter. Their conversation includes the storyline of Scripture, what it means that there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8), and what keeps people from realizing that God is love. They talk about atonement theories, fear of judgment, and embracing the fact that Christians do not need to fear, for God is with them (Psalm 23).
Moore and Wright consider the meaning of covenant faithfulness, covenant justice, and the groaning of creation. They discuss the ecological impact of eschatology, how Romans can be a comfort to the hurting, and the meaning of the term “predestination.” Their conversation covers prayer, women in ministry, and how Wright knows for sure that Christianity is true.
Tune in for an episode that is both theologically rich and characterized by humility, kindness, and joy.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- Into the Heart of Romans: A Deep Dive into Paul’s Greatest Letter by N.T. Wright
- In Christ Alone by Keith and Kristyn Getty
- Endpoint and Other Poems by John Updike
- Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice by Sylvia C. Keesmaat and Brian J. Walsh
- Conformed to the Image of His Son: Reconsidering Paul’s Theology of Glory in Romans by Haley Goranson Jacob
- After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters by N.T. Wright
- The Weight of Glory by C.S. Lewis
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