So, as some of you probably know, today I started as a part-time pastor at a wonderful church called Grace United Methodist Church in Norwood, OH. Great leadership team there, and I’m really excited (not internet excited, where you say that about everything from breakfast to clipping your dog’s nails… but real excited) about what God is going to do as we make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the whole world.

I decided to start with some simple preaching out of the lectionary, and lo and behold, the readings for the summer are the very heart of the book of Romans. PERFECT!

So we’re going to take a Roman Holiday together for the summer. It’s amazing to me that the reading for the weekend we in the US celebrate our Freedom and Independence is insanely appropriate.

But… does Freedom, in regard to the day we celebrate on July 4, the same as freedom in the Bible?