Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Preaching Series on Ephesians (1 of 4)
Ephesians 1:1-14 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
This 4-week Narrative Lectionary preaching series on Ephesians does not actually include what are probably the letter’s best-known verses, though one imagines it might not be difficult to find at least one occasion during a month of sermons to cite them!
They offer the content of the letter in miniature:
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God -- not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life (Eph. 2:8-10).
Notice the emphasis on grace, on creation and redemption as of a single piece, on good works as a way of life, and on God’s planning of all these things before any of the recipients of grace came on the scene. These themes surface again and again in the letter. The four readings for the month tell this story:
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NL277: Preaching Series on Ephesians
July 16, 2017
This is the podcast for the Narrative Lectionary's 4-week preaching series on Ephesians (July 16-Aug. 6, 2017), featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Kathryn Schifferdecker, and Craig Koester. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.