Reading Philemon Together Series

In case you missed any of it, catch up on these timely and inspiring conversations…

In case you missed it . . .

"If we only had one letter from the New Testament, this one would be sufficient to demonstrate the transformative power of the gospel.”

These words from theologian NT Wright refer to a little letter nestled between Titus and Hebrews in our Bibles, which is both the shortest and the least-known letter written by the apostle Paul.

The Book of Philemon is not without controversy: historically, some have seen this document as a biblical justification of slavery, while others have seen it precisely the opposite way. How could this book be used both to speak for and against slavery? What does Christian reconciliation look like? How do power and social status influence relationships in God’s family? The backstory of this letter is essential for understanding Paul’s message and finding answers to these questions.

This series looked at what emerges as we read and talk about this book—current themes like power, reconciliation, and participating in systemic change can all be found in this ancient letter. 

Series Highlights

June 6

Kim and Ken converse about what they notice reading Philemon, and Ken shares how this letter speaks into his life in a poignant way. What might God be saying to you through this little letter that packs a big punch?

June 13

Kim shares a message during our Zoom service, reflecting on the news of the remains of 215 Indigenous children found buried at a former residential school in Kamloops: "As Christians, we often talk about the hope of the Christian faith, but very rarely about the harm..."

June 20

Kim has a thought-provoking conversation with Jodi Spargur, director of a non-profit network that creates Indigenous-led local actions for healing and justice. The conversation touches on white supremacy, church supremacy, and the integral relationship between justice and forgiveness.