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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.