We look at the Magnificat – Mary’s prayer in Luke 1 as she meets with Elizabeth in a small Judean town.
We look at a rough passage that ultimately calls upon the church in Thessalonica to stand firm and hold tight to the traditions that they have been taught by Paul and his companions.
In the first chapter of this letter, Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy talk about how they must thank God for the growing love and faithfulness of the church in Thessalonica, and how they are confident that when Christ returns, their persecutors will be cleared out, and they will have a clear path to God.
At the end of this letter, with Paul prepared to die and Timothy his primary apprentice, the letter is focused on handing off the ministry from one who has finished the race to one who has a long time left to go. We find a call to look at our own vocations, where God is…
As we begin our tour of 2 Timothy, we take a hard look at shame. As Paul tells Timothy not to be ashamed of Christ or of Paul’s chains, we find that these are important words in an honor-shame culture, and important words in our culture, still filled with honor and shame.
What do we do with passages in scripture that we don’t like? We enter into the text as foreigners in a new land, trying to learn and explore that which we do not understand. We thank God for the opportunity to learn, to be challenged, and to grow.
We look at the remarkable story behind Paul’s letter to Philemon (and his church). We find in it a radical call to trust the work of the Spirit in the church.