When you are reading someone else’s mail, it’s really easy to get confused. You don’t know the players, the history of the arguments, the attitudes, or the story behind the punch lines.
When we read the Apostle Paul’s letters in the Bible, we are not only reading a letter written to someone else, it was written 2000 years ago in another language to another culture. But in spite of everything, Paul’s message still comes through clear enough.
Today we begin a study on Paul’s long and fascinating letter to the Christians in Rome.