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Showing posts from June 28, 2013

"Hold On Loosely, But Don't Let Go"

One of the lessons appointed for Sunday is from Paul's letter to the Galatians. That letter has been called the "Magna Carta of Christian liberty." While at one level Galatians deals with the question of whether or not Gentiles who convert to Christianity must first follow the requirements of Jewish law - circumcision and dietary restrictions - its broader lesson is in showing us where true human freedom is to be found. Freedom: it ain't just for Andy Dufresne Eugene Peterson starts his commentary on Galatians ( Traveling Light  ) by pointing out that we all carry around within us certain fantasies, or illusions of freedom, as compared to real freedom - actual experiences of living freely - which is God's freedom. Human freedom is based on the fact that we are created in the image of God, and God is free. Therefore, our freedom is our deepest reality, and bondage or slavery is artificial - i.e., not our natural state. Many things can plac