Second Reading

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Commentary on Hebrews 11:29—12:2

Last week’s lectionary text included an introduction to the topic [...]

Lamb with knit hat held like a baby by shepherd
Commentary on Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16

Hebrews 11 is rightfully known as the “hall of fame [...]

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Commentary on Colossians 3:1-11

Colossians 3 begins with a glimpse into God’s heavenly throne [...]

Man praying in dimly lit room
Commentary on Colossians 2:6-15 [16-19]

With Colossians 2:6-7 the letter turns in a new direction. [...]

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Commentary on Colossians 1:15-28

Our passage begins with an apparent paradox: Christ is “the [...]

Commentary on Colossians 1:1-14

Scholars continue to debate whether the closely related letters of [...]

Commentary on Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16

In this text readers are eavesdropping on an ongoing conversation [...]

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Commentary on Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Through Christ, we have been set free to serve one [...]

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Commentary on Galatians 3:23-29

Contrary to popular Protestant belief, the law is not the [...]

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Commentary on Romans 5:1-5

Theologians of the church would develop the doctrine of the Trinity centuries after Paul wrote [...]