One of my professors at Dallas Theological Seminary use to say, "It's a sin to bore people with the Word of God!" and he would say it often. Howard Hendricks was always accurate in his exegesis, creative in his communication, and passionate in his delivery. I can't help but think Romans 12:11 was one of the verses that helped shape this value.
The Apostle Paul implored, "Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord" (Romans 12:11, NIV). While the NIV does a good job in translation, allow me to make just a couple of brief observations. To be "lacking" is to be lazy or idle (the ESV appropriately uses "slothful"). To have "zeal" is to be diligent, willing, and eager, or to act with speed. To be "fervent" is to be emotionally enflamed. The application of this passage is clear: Keep fanning the flames of spiritual passion; serve the Lord with energy.
As students arrive on campus this week lets welcome them with joy, introduce them to...