Short introduction to Philemon

A Shakespearean drama couldn’t have better highlighted the tension of slavery, or proffered a more noble solution to it. The main characters in the Divine “play” are Paul (the apostle), Philemon (the slaveowner) and Onesimus (the slave).

Act I. (Unkempt and weary from a long journey, the slave Onesimus is now standing again at the door of his owner, Philemon’s house. He holds a letter in his hand). Having fled from Philemon some time earlier, Onesimus had serendipitously crossed paths with Paul. He was taught the truth of Christ, and became a disciple. Presently, he hands the letter to Philemon. It is from Paul, an apostle—and a beloved friend of Philemon (v.1).

Act II. (A few months earlier) Though useful to him, Paul had decided it better to send Onesimus back to his Master (v. 11). Ah, but how? In this letter—breathed out by the Spirit of God—is a personal appeal to Philemon, to receive Onesimus back on two grounds: (1) that Onesimus was now a “brother in Christ,” and should be so received and treated (v. 16); and (2) that Philemon “owed Paul his life besides,” having escaped slavery to sin through Paul’s efforts (v. 19). Continue reading

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Engaging Muslims

In the latest issue of the Christian Chronicle (CC), there is an article concerning Muslims and Christians having dialogue. I am all for that, but exactly what that entails is a bit beyond my understanding, even after having read the piece. It seems to me that if dialogue is desired, then Matthew 7:12 applied will be the answer; don’t know how that can be improved upon. They are lost eternally, so to engage them is a positive thing – both at a gentle level and at an aggressive level. The situation will determine which one is applied.

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TFT: The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

We cannot make bargains for blisses,
Nor catch them like fishes in nets;
And sometimes the thing our life misses
Helps more than the thing which it gets.
For good lies not in pursuing,
Nor gaining of great nor of small,
But just in the doing, and doing
As we would be done by, is all.

–Alice Cary

(Gal 6:10) Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

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