A couple of things... There has been a great discussion on Romans 9-11 going on over at Scot McKnight's site. I'll have some more to say about that down the road. (I just don't have time right now to assemble all my thoughts). The epilogue of my book Singing In The Reign deals with this section of the epistle.
Side note #2... I was reading through 2 Peter the other day and I was struck by this passage:
"For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overpowered, the last state has become worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than after knowing it to turn back from the holy commandment delivered to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and the sow is washed only to wallow in the mire" (2 Pet 2:20-22).
If there is anyone out there who believes in eternal security, I am really curious--I mean this in all sincerity--how do you interpret this? I would really like to know.