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August 6, 2018

Whenever Scripture quotes Scripture, we should pay careful attention.  Whenever Scripture misquotes Scripture, we should pay very careful attention.  Such a situation happens in Ephesians 4.8.  Ephesians 4.8 reads: 

When he ascended on high he made captiv...

July 30, 2018

Ephesians 3:14-21 is a heartfelt prayer calling believers to lives that are fully dependent on the power of our continually creating God, our Savior who died and rose that our sinful beings are forgiven, and the Holy Spirit whose power fills our live.   In verses 16-19...

July 26, 2018

Ephesians 3.1-13 is appointed (all but the last verse) to be read on Epiphany each year, but it is left out of our reading plan for Ephesians this summer.  These verses bring Paul's mission into focus, and how he is not distracted by his imprisonment from the cosmic ro...

July 24, 2018

Just as the first half of Ephesians 2 recounts God's victory over death and the devil,  Ephesians 2.11-22 recounts Jesus' victory over the walls that separate humanity.  Paul writes of a wall between Gentiles and Jews, but truth be told we have created even more walls...

July 19, 2018

Ephesians reminds us that God intends to gather up all things in Christ (1.10).  As we read through Ephesians in worship, I will be covering the entire letter, what we read in worship and what we miss, here on the blog. If you would like to read through Ephesians...

July 19, 2018

These verses are left out of our summer reading of Ephesians, but these verses do make an appearance during Lent.  It is a wonder that they aren't sometimes used for Reformation Day, as this passage insists on GRACE as the essential movement of God in our world that ma...

July 19, 2018

In our reading of Ephesians, we skip from 1.14 to 2.11 between last Sunday and the coming one.  The skipped verses appear in our lectionary, though, with the remaining part of chapter 1 making its appearance on Christ the King Sunday.

I have heard of your faith in the L...

July 19, 2018

 Inheritances can be messy matters. People can get greedy and protective of their own rights awfully quickly, even when dealing with members of their own family.  In this section of Ephesians, St Paul writes about our inheritance from God.  That is not an inherita...

July 16, 2018

 Paul's letter to the Church in Ephesus begins as any letter would in Paul's day, with a salutation noting who the letter is from, to whom, and a greeting:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus and are faithful in Christ Je...

July 15, 2018

 Between June 10 and June 17, our worship lectionary jumps over the following verses from 2 Corinthians 5:

For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling— if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are stil...

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