What do we know about the community in Thessalonica to whom Paul was writing? Peter Edmonds SJ introduces us to these early Christians who 'received the word with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit'.
6 & 7 Jun (2 Timothy): Peter Edmonds SJ explores the texts from the 'Pastoral Letters' that appear in the lectionary cycle and situates them in the wider context of the Pauline epistles.
Brian Purfield explains why Paul thought it was necessary to write to the likeable but easily-influenced community of Christians in Colossae.
St Paul was prone to using sporting metaphors. Where and why did Paul use athletic imagery in his letters?
Paul tells the Christians at Colossae that Christ is the 'the first-born of all creation' - why was this such an important message for Paul to teach, and how do we let this shape our faith?
St Paul's letter to the church of Philippi is best known for its passage on the 'emptying' of Christ, which we hear on 6 Nov, but it is also a source of pastoral advice and joyful encouragement.
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