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Dear Philemon

Religion | Paul’s epistle on behalf of Onesimus is a model for letter-writers
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 9/27/18, 10:39 am

Letter-writing is a dying art. So said the postal clerk at Christmastime when I came with a fistful of cards to stamp. They will never go out of style for Christians, of course, because we have nearly two dozen of them in the New Testament, and we can study them any time we want, to know how godly people write.

So I did that. I started with Philemon, because it was short. I figured it must be important too, for why else would someone bother to send it 2,060 kilometers overland from Rome to Colossae on Emperor Augustus’ new roads?

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Heaping doses of contempt

Faith & Inspiration | American public discourse severely lacks ‘heartedness’
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 8/30/18, 03:17 pm

In a lecture at the Harvard Kennedy School last year, Arthur Brooks, of the American Enterprise Institute, analyzed the state of public discourse: “We don’t have an anger problem in American politics. We have a contempt problem in American politics.” Though “Contempt” was not the subject of the lecture, audio engineers chose those comments to feature in a promotional video on Facebook. Within a very short time, the video had received over 12 million views—making Brooks think he might have touched a nerve.

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Things that are above

Worldview | It isn’t easy to find the right perspective, but it is important
by Andrée Seu Peterson
Posted 8/15/18, 11:21 am

My father’s garden is a money-loser. If you count the man-hours, seed catalog purchases, water usage, and petrol expended in transporting trapped raccoons out to the hinterlands, each tomato may cost 50 bucks. Dwelling on those facts could drive you mad.

Or, you can look at my father’s garden differently. You can choose to see it as a hobby that costs far less than the pastimes of the golf course and casino. Out in the sunshine you get fresh air, exercise, vitamin D—and if we’re so blessed, a few tomatoes.

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