Joseph Olstad

is a graduate from the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies and Andrews University. He lives in Montana, United States, with his wife and three daughters.

A Reformation Dysfunction

Romans 2 wasn’t invited to the party. Frankly, he wouldn’t fit in. He was the middle child, growing up in the shadows of both his older brother, Romans 3, and younger sister, Romans 1.

So when the invites for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation party arrived, Romans 2 was absent from the list. He was used to such neglect. And to be honest, it mildly annoyed him that no one seemed to ever tire of listening to his little sister sing, “The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17),1 or his brother eloquently recite, “By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified” (Rom. …

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