Tag: paul

How Freedom Grows

  Here’s a quick and dirty recap of where we’re at in Galatians:   The Roman province of Galatia was basically the middle of the contemporary country of Turkey. Paul went there telling the story of Jesus and planting churches. As he went, he made a surprising claim: you could follow this Jewish Messiah without first becoming a Jew.  …

Freedom in Christ

Most of you know that in addition to my job here with all of you lovely folks, I also work in the communications department at Friends United Meeting, the global body of Friends that we’re all part of. My boss there unexpectedly found himself on a boat in Northern Europe, as happens to the best of us, which meant that…

No Turning Back

Have you ever had a day where you used your words, just like your mother taught you, and you thought you were being so clear, but then it turned out that no one understood what you were talking about? That no one was really listening? You were using your words, but you might as well have been writing on an…

A Promise Fulfilled

06.18.17 – A Promise Fulfilled – Galatians 3:10-22   One of my favorite theological writers, Douglas Adams, opens a book called The Restaurant at the End of the Universe with these lines:   “The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a…

Paul Meets the Living Christ

Last week, we looked at the introduction to Paul’s letter to the Galatians. We noticed that while letters of this time period typically started with a formal introduction and greeting in several parts, Paul launches past all the niceties to dive straight in.   He’s astounded and horrified that the churches he planted in Galatia have turned away from what…

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Blessing

  Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too…

Ledeing with Love

They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They…