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Perspectives on Our Struggles With Sin (Perspectives On Series)

Paperback|Nov 2011
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“For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate.” —Romans 7:15, HCSB Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin presents in point-counterpoint form...

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“For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate.” —Romans 7:15, HCSB

Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin presents in point-counterpoint form three differing views of a Christian’s relationship with the law, flesh, and spirit as illustrated through Paul’s often-debated words in Romans 7.

Stephen Chester (North Park Theological Seminary) writes “The Retrospective View of Romans 7: Paul’s Past in Present Perspective,” suggesting the apostle’s description of his struggle speaks more to his pre-Christian self.

Grant Osborne (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) offers “The Flesh Without the Spirit: Romans 7 and Christian Experience,” perceiving Romans 7 as an accurate representation of what believers go through even after their conversion.

Mark Seifrid (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary), in “The Voice of the Law, the Cry of Lament, and the Shout of Thanksgiving,” asserts that Paul is not speaking of his past or his present Christian experience in Romans 7, but more fundamentally and simply about “the human being confronted with the Law.”

Chad Owen Brand (The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) writes a conclusion on the theological and pastoral implications of Romans 7.

Acclaim for Perspectives on Our Struggle with Sin:

"One difficult and disputed text, three fine scholars, and three views of the passage. How is one to read Romans 7? This book takes you through all the options and rationale with detail, charity, and clarity. This is how to have a discussion over a disputed text. Read and learn about Romans 7. Decide who is right and why. And, above all, learn about how to discuss a difficult text."

Darrell L. Bock
Research professor of New Testament Studies
Dallas Theological Seminary

"The meaning of Romans 7 continues to bedevil and puzzle readers. This volume does not simply rehearse arguments and positions from the past. The authors approach the text from fresh and illuminating perspectives, and hence this work represents a significant contribution to scholarship."

Thomas R. Schreiner
James Buchanan Harrison professor of New Testament Interpretation
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Christians have long debated how Paul’s moving depiction of a struggle with sin in “Romans 7 should influence our theology and practice of the Christian life. Now, in one book, Christians are given a wonderful opportunity to engage the different views, see how they differ, and come to their own conclusions. Chester, Osborne, and Seifrid clearly and capably defend their positions; and they do so with enough of a difference in method that the reader is given a good sense of the scope of the issues and their significance.”

Douglas J. Moo
Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies
Wheaton College



Terry Wilder

Terry L.Wilder (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) works for Broadman & Holman Publishing Group, he also teaches at Mid-Western Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the editor of the Midwestern Journal of Theology and a profile contributor of papers to theological conferences. He has written for Biblical Illustrator, the revised Holman Bible Dictionary and the Tyndale Bulletin.
He has contributed an article to a book titled, Interpreting the New Testament (Broadman and Holman) and is the author of Pseudonymity, the New Testament, and Deception (University Press of America). He frequently preaches and teaches in churches, leads mission trips and speaks on ethical issues.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Chad Brand (Ed)

Chad Brand (Ph.D., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of Christian Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Brand is gifted as a scholar, apologist, pastor, and student of contemporary culture and religion. He also serves as Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies at Boyce College. He has also published essays on contemporary religion and Baptist studies in several volumes edited by John Piper, Millard Erickson, Doug Blount, and R. Stanton Norman. He is co-editor and author of the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. He is also editor and author of Five Views of Church Governance, Perspectives on Spirit Baptism, and Perspectives on Election, as well as co-author of One Sacred Effort: The Cooperative Program of Southern Baptists. He is also co-editor and co-author of The Apologetics Study Bible due out soon.

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