The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa

Comments

Proud to be a product of this great institution!
Practical Aspects For Those Who Understand Paul’s Letter

We come to Galatians 5 verse 24 – “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.”

That is strong writing - what some people would classify as heavy duty. There is no room here for wondering what Paul is meaning. Some weeks ago we took time to go through the fruit of the Spirit - what God Himself desires to grow within us and produce from our lives - from these earthen vessels.

We are vulnerable, frail and fragile - similar to a light bulb - but when carefully placed into its right place it is full of light and power and banishes the darkness.

When we come to the Word - when we give ourselves to prayer - we connect with the only source of Love and Light and Power - the risen and living and ascended Lord Jesus Christ.

We have read too of what has to be weeded out. Paul is equally as strong on clearing the ground.

No farmer would go out to sow seed without first ploughing.

No gardener expecting flowers and fruit from his seed would sow without first clearing the ground of what could choke the young plants.

In the spiritual life the principle is the same. God would have us clear the ground and clean up our lives the only way our lives can be cleaned up - through the Blood of Jesus Christ, sacrificially shed on the Cross.

Verse 21 - Paul is quite open - I warned you before - but I do warn you again. He is repeating himself. Sometimes the lesson has to be repeated and repeated until it is learned. Any classroom teacher would vouch for that.

What we read of in verses 19 to 21 may be the fruit of another spirit. These things listed there are not accidents. They are usually the consequences of decisions men make. People choose to be involved in these things. They choose to act in these ways.

Anyone living like this will NOT inherit the Kingdom of God. Now, that is a law.

Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.

Those who do not belong to Jesus Christ are controlled by their sinful nature - by their passions - desires - feelings - and emotions. What a picture of fallen sinful man.

This verse also makes another truth very clear - there are those who belong to Jesus Christ, and there are those who do not belong to Jesus Christ.

Those who belong to Jesus Christ have crucified the old sinful nature. This nature, with which are born, is sinful, and those who belong to Jesus Christ nail it to the Cross - and that can be painful in all kinds of ways.

God does not teach us to tame it or control it. God knows that we cannot.

God has only one remedy for this sinful nature - ex*****on - and in Romans 6 we are shown how it has to be buried. The old man is crucified and buried, and we rise from the watery grave a new creation. (In case anyone is wondering – the old nature is buried in baptism.)

The flesh rebels against the righteous government of God.

The flesh rebels against God's Son - God's Word - God's Ways - and God's people.

The Bible is very practical - and very true to life. Paul knew what he was talking about when he wrote this letter to those who were on the verge of being deceived.

Verse 25. He goes right on to speak to those who have crucified the sinful flesh, and he is equally as positive.

"Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." When He moves - walk alongside Him. Follow Him in whatever direction He goes.

As soon as He speaks, have a conversation with Him. Find out exactly what He is saying to you - to us - and flow with that.

Don't be lagging behind - and don't try to rush on ahead of the Holy Spirit – just keep up with Him. He will not flow too quickly.

You will manage His pace, provided you have the desire to, and if you are in step with the Holy Spirit, your movement will be smooth, because you are flowing with GOD.

It is a picture of Jesus and you marching together into this dark world. It is a picture of the army of God waging war on this world of sin, and there is co-operation with God and everyone knows their place and role and task.

That is why we are told - don't become conceited - don't provoke people - and don't envy someone else - not if you are marching together in the army of God - and seeking to keep in step with the Spirit.

BUT - BUT - there is always a BUT - even after the fruit of the Spirit. If someone does get caught in a sin - if someone stumbles and get out of step - you who are spiritual should restore him gently.

Here is one mark of the man or woman who is spiritually mature. You go and seek to bring that person back into line - and you do it gently.

Also, you are careful that you do not fall into the same trap as they fell into.

“Gracious God, help me to get rid of what I need to get rid of in my life – in my heart – in my attitude – and help me to walk in step with the Holy Spirit – one step at a time.” Amen.

(This week's "Word from Scotland" - previous columns may be found at Studylight.org and liveasif.org in the 'Archives' section - every prayerful blessing.)
Hello, my wonderful department. If you haven't please sign up to be my Religious Studies Facebook friend. The account features books I am buying for the department and all sorts of info. Look forward to seeing everyone soon. Art piece below by my brother Jesse Garza Carreón.

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Iowa formally became a department in 1927, the first Department of Religious Studies at a public university in the US.

We hope you will explore our website at https://clas.uiowa.edu/religion/. In 2017, we celebrated out 95th anniversary. Please check our website and befriend us on Facebook for information and news about the department and featured upcoming events.

Operating as usual

12/17/2021
Korean studies grows at the University of Iowa with research hub serving the Midwest 12/13/2021

Korean studies grows at the University of Iowa with research hub serving the Midwest

Professor Hyaeweol Choi is growing Korean Studies at the University of Iowa!!
https://www.press-citizen.com/story/life/2021/12/13/university-iowa-korean-studies-grows-along-pop-culture-interest-research-network-korn/8843857002/

Korean studies grows at the University of Iowa with research hub serving the Midwest The Korean Studies Research Network offers scholars and students opportunities to learn and collaborate, part of UI's growth in Korean studies.

12/10/2021

We still have lots of hot beverages and snacks, so come on up to 3rd floor Gilmore Hall today!

We still have lots of hot beverages and snacks, so come on up to 3rd floor Gilmore Hall today!

12/09/2021

Dr. Darcy Metcalfe, PhD 2021 is doing great things! More info here: bit.ly/3IB1D1H

Dr. Darcy Metcalfe, PhD 2021 is doing great things! More info here: bit.ly/3IB1D1H

12/09/2021

In one week most of you will be finished or nearly finished with the semester - YAY! Stop by for free chair massage 10:30-noon, and tons of goodies and hot beverages!

In one week most of you will be finished or nearly finished with the semester - YAY! Stop by for free chair massage 10:30-noon, and tons of goodies and hot beverages!

12/08/2021

We are grateful that President Wilson stopped by our event yesterday! We still have lots of snacks and free chair massage tomorrow 10:30-12, so come on up to 3rd floor Gilmore Hall! University of Iowa @uiowaclas

We are grateful that President Wilson stopped by our event yesterday! We still have lots of snacks and free chair massage tomorrow 10:30-12, so come on up to 3rd floor Gilmore Hall! University of Iowa @uiowaclas

12/08/2021

Hey Hawkeyes who needs a little tension reliever? Come on up for FREE chair massage from 10:30am - noon, followed by Jimmy Johns and soup from noon - 2! We hope to see you then!

Hey Hawkeyes who needs a little tension reliever? Come on up for FREE chair massage from 10:30am - noon, followed by Jimmy Johns and soup from noon - 2! We hope to see you then!

12/07/2021

It's SOUP and YOGA Day, and it's nice and warm up here on 3rd floor. We have holiday instrumental music playing, and the coffee and hot chocolate are calling your name! Full schedule: bit.ly/3osNviX

It's SOUP and YOGA Day, and it's nice and warm up here on 3rd floor. We have holiday instrumental music playing, and the coffee and hot chocolate are calling your name! Full schedule: bit.ly/3osNviX

12/06/2021

Thanks to everyone who stopped by today. It's great to see lots of students again and celebrate getting closer to the end of the semester! Don't miss tomorrow's soup and yoga!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by today. It's great to see lots of students again and celebrate getting closer to the end of the semester! Don't miss tomorrow's soup and yoga!

12/06/2021

Wow it's already been a busy Monday! Thanks to all the students who stopped by for our Pre-Finals Survival Week! Free donuts today, and soup and yoga tomorrow! Come out of the cold for some warm beverages!

Wow it's already been a busy Monday! Thanks to all the students who stopped by for our Pre-Finals Survival Week! Free donuts today, and soup and yoga tomorrow! Come out of the cold for some warm beverages!

11/30/2021

We're gearing up for next week's big event filled with tons of great food, chair massage, yoga, and many additional relaxing activities to help you prepare for finals!
You won't want to miss this, as we have quiet areas perfect for studying and/or relaxing a bit before finals week, along with tons of pre-packaged snacks, and even soup and sandwiches in the mid-week!
It all starts this Monday, so be sure to check back each morning at 9 for the day's events! 🖤💛 See you next week, Dec 6 - 10 in Gilmore Hall!

We're gearing up for next week's big event filled with tons of great food, chair massage, yoga, and many additional relaxing activities to help you prepare for finals!
You won't want to miss this, as we have quiet areas perfect for studying and/or relaxing a bit before finals week, along with tons of pre-packaged snacks, and even soup and sandwiches in the mid-week!
It all starts this Monday, so be sure to check back each morning at 9 for the day's events! 🖤💛 See you next week, Dec 6 - 10 in Gilmore Hall!

11/30/2021

Hey students we're here for you! Stop by and check out our new study space complete with free coffee and hot chocolate on the 3rd floor Gilmore Hall! And be sure to check back tomorrow for a big announcement! #uiowaclas #universityofiowa

Hey students we're here for you! Stop by and check out our new study space complete with free coffee and hot chocolate on the 3rd floor Gilmore Hall! And be sure to check back tomorrow for a big announcement! #uiowaclas #universityofiowa

11/23/2021

Congratulations Naiara Leão! We're proud of you!

Congratulations Naiara Leão! We're proud of you!

11/22/2021
11/16/2021

For those of you who wondered about not seeing our reception in the catalogue for this year’s AAR/SBL meeting in San Antonio, we must confirm that unfortunately we will have no reception again this year. But we are greatly looking forward to being back in person next year and will be excited to see everyone in Denver in November, 2022!

11/12/2021

Calling all future and current U of I students, make sure to stop by our booth at the IMU today!

Calling all future and current U of I students, make sure to stop by our booth at the IMU today!

11/10/2021

Hey Hawkeyes check out our great line-up of spring courses, and the full list here! https://clas.uiowa.edu/religion/undergraduate-program/religious-studies-course-offerings
#Hawkeyes #uiowaclas

Hey Hawkeyes check out our great line-up of spring courses, and the full list here! https://clas.uiowa.edu/religion/undergraduate-program/religious-studies-course-offerings
#Hawkeyes #uiowaclas

11/09/2021

Hey everyone here's another great spring course idea, taught by Raymond Mentzer. https://clas.uiowa.edu/religion/undergraduate-program/religious-studies-course-offerings

Hey everyone here's another great spring course idea, taught by Raymond Mentzer. https://clas.uiowa.edu/religion/undergraduate-program/religious-studies-course-offerings

UI professor creates intellectual hub for Korean studies 11/05/2021

UI professor creates intellectual hub for Korean studies

Here is a great article and accolades for Dr. Choi! “I realized that there are Korea-related faculty members here, but we are all scattered in different departments. There is no central or intellectual hub that could serve as a platform toward advancing Korean studies,” says Choi. “I thought we might need an institutional base, and that’s when I came up with the Korean Studies Research Network.” Dr. Hyaeweol Choi.

UI professor creates intellectual hub for Korean studies Hyaeweol Choi helped create the Korean Studies Research Network, an intellectual hub intended to expand the study and visibility of Korean history, society, and culture in the Midwest.

11/05/2021

We have a great speaker, Dr. Zain Abdullah, joining us for a virtual talk on November 17th, 2-3:30pm CST. Mark your calendars so you don't miss this!

We have a great speaker, Dr. Zain Abdullah, joining us for a virtual talk on November 17th, 2-3:30pm CST. Mark your calendars so you don't miss this!

11/03/2021

It was 25° F in Iowa City this morning....good thing we have coffee!!

It was 25° F in Iowa City this morning....good thing we have coffee!!

10/28/2021

Keep an eye out in the coming days for info on our upcoming spring courses! Here's a new one created by Grad Student Jacob Havel.

Keep an eye out in the coming days for info on our upcoming spring courses! Here's a new one created by Grad Student Jacob Havel.

10/26/2021

Spring 2022 Registration is coming soon, and we've got a great line-up of courses!

Spring 2022 Registration is coming soon, and we've got a great line-up of courses!

10/26/2021

Osamamen Oba Eduviere has her first published OpEd in the Guardian! Congratulations Osamamen!

Osamamen Oba Eduviere has her first published OpEd in the Guardian! Congratulations Osamamen!

Holding Them to Their Word | Commonweal Magazine 10/22/2021

Holding Them to Their Word | Commonweal Magazine

Happy Friday! Kristy Nabhan-Warren will give a reading on her newly released book tomorrow (Saturday 10/23) at the Iowa City Public Library at 1pm. Below is just one of the great reviews Dr. Kristy has received!

Holding Them to Their Word | Commonweal Magazine In the Midwestern meatpacking industry, faith organizations and unions can and should collaborate to help overcome difficult working conditions.

10/21/2021

Way to go John Sheridan!

Way to go John Sheridan!

10/12/2021

Kristy Nabhan Warren's book is getting great reviews!

Kristy Nabhan Warren's book is getting great reviews!

10/11/2021

We celebrate and recognize the people who first called this land their home. Join us in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day today at the Pentacrest from 11am – 2:30pm. MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

We celebrate and recognize the people who first called this land their home. Join us in celebration of Indigenous People’s Day today at the Pentacrest from 11am – 2:30pm. MASKS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED.

University of Iowa on Twitter 10/11/2021

University of Iowa on Twitter

Congratulations to the Iowa Hawkeyes on an amazing win! https://twitter.com/uiowa/status/1447373895540039681?s=20

University of Iowa on Twitter “#2”

09/20/2021

Dr. Kristy's book, "Meat Packing America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland" will be out tomorrow! Congratulations Dr. Kristy!

Dr. Kristy's book, "Meat Packing America: How Migration, Work, and Faith Unite and Divide the Heartland" will be out tomorrow! Congratulations Dr. Kristy!

09/09/2021

Congratulations on your new book Dr. Kristy! Kristy Nabhan-Warren will be at the prestigious Printer’s Row Lit Festival this weekend, Sept. 11-12 in Chicago, and will draw the show to a close by going live on C-SPAN, on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 5-6pm!

Congratulations on your new book Dr. Kristy! Kristy Nabhan-Warren will be at the prestigious Printer’s Row Lit Festival this weekend, Sept. 11-12 in Chicago, and will draw the show to a close by going live on C-SPAN, on Sunday, Sept. 12 from 5-6pm!

08/25/2021

Dr. Hyaeweol Choi joins fellow scholars in a conversation with Kevin B. Lee surrounding two of his recent video essays illuminating Asian American experience. Read more here: https://obermann.uiowa.edu/news/seeing-asian-american-life-through-video-essay

Dr. Hyaeweol Choi joins fellow scholars in a conversation with Kevin B. Lee surrounding two of his recent video essays illuminating Asian American experience. Read more here: https://obermann.uiowa.edu/news/seeing-asian-american-life-through-video-essay

08/20/2021

Welcome to our new grad students!

Welcome to our new grad students!

08/04/2021

Help us congratulate Dr. Diana Cates and PhD Student Andrea Scardina! https://bit.ly/3CfLBaa

Help us congratulate Dr. Diana Cates and PhD Student Andrea Scardina! https://bit.ly/3CfLBaa

07/19/2021

Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Religious Studies deeply mourns the loss of Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee, Associate Professor Emeritus, who passed away on July 13, 2021. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3wS1HDd

Faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Religious Studies deeply mourns the loss of Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee, Associate Professor Emeritus, who passed away on July 13, 2021. Read more here: https://bit.ly/3wS1HDd

Videos (show all)

Telephone

Address


314 Gilmore Hall
Iowa City, IA
52242

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8am - 4:30pm
Friday 8am - 4:30pm
Other Iowa City government services (show all)
Order of the Eastern Star - Jessamine Chapter #135, Iowa City, Iowa Order of the Eastern Star - Jessamine Chapter #135, Iowa City, Iowa
Iowa City, 52240

Stated Meeting: Fourth Tuesdays, except December and January7:00 p.m.Iowa City Masonic Temple312 College Street, Iowa City, IA

Systems Unlimited, Inc Systems Unlimited, Inc
2533 Scott Blvd SE
Iowa City, 52240

An Iowa Non-profit Corporation providing community support services for people with disabilities and other mental health needs since 1971.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity
2401 Scott Blvd SE
Iowa City, 52240

At Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity, we believe in a world where everyone has a safe, decent place to call home.

Burge Hall Burge Hall
100 Burge Hall
Iowa City, 52242

The official group for Burge Hall. The group will communicate University sponsored events and what is going on with BASH. It is also an outlet for questions and study group requests.

Charlie Company RSP Charlie Company RSP
4540 Melrose Ave
Iowa City, 52246

Charlie Company RSP is located in Iowa City, Iowa. We are the home of all newly enlisted Soldiers i

University of Iowa Student Government University of Iowa Student Government
260B Iowa Memorial Union (125 N Madison Street)
Iowa City, 52242

The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG), at its core, exists to empower students.

University of Iowa Air Force ROTC University of Iowa Air Force ROTC
310 South Grand Ave
Iowa City, 52242

Air Force Reserve Officers' Training Corps. Students from Kirkwood Community College, Coe College, and the University of Iowa can be in this program.

Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa Mediation Services of Eastern Iowa
Iowa City

M.S.E.I.’s vision is to be a leader in promoting public awareness and use of mediation for cooperative conflict resolution.

ECO Iowa City ECO Iowa City
2401 Scott Blvd SE
Iowa City, 52240

ECO Iowa City is an initiative to improve environmental sustainability in Johnson County and the Cities of Kalona and Riverside, Iowa.

Johnson County Ambulance Service Johnson County Ambulance Service
808 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, 52240

Emergency Ambulance Service

TRAIL of Johnson County TRAIL of Johnson County
28 South Linn Street, #301
Iowa City, 52240

TRAIL is a membership-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to help older adults live safely and comfortably in the places they call home through access to volunteer services, social and cultural events, and pre-screened service providers.

University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management University of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management
E102 Field House
Iowa City, 52242

This page is by, for and about students, alumni, prospective students, faculty and staff in the Univ. of Iowa Sport and Recreation Management program