Romans 12:1-8: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so you may discern what is the will of God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.” 

I once lived next door to a young couple who loved to collect old furniture.  On Saturdays and Sundays they would often set out for local flea markets, searching for bargains.  When they returned home, they would unload their purchases, which invariably appeared to me to be pieces of junk, hardly worth even the little they had paid for them.  But then they’d set to work: stripping and sanding the wood, reattaching broken pieces, realigning drawers, tightening joints, and finally painting or staining the surfaces.  The results were breathtaking.  Pieces of furniture that only days before had appeared to be battered, worthless pieces of junk now stood proudly in their appointed places, looking every bit as beautiful as the day they were made. Read More

Romans 12:1-8

“Hilarity” is a word we don’t often think of in connection with St. Paul, but it pops up today in Romans—at least in Greek: ’ιλαρότης [hilarotes].  But in this case something is added in translation.  Paul is not being hilarious—as much as we might like to see that. Read More