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Ephesians: Thoughtful Words

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. (Eph 1:3)

Like most (former) pastors, I am generally able to speak in public without too much effort. Need a word of welcome at the beginning of the children’s Christmas Pageant? You got it! A brief “devotional” thought on love for the Valentine’s Banquet? Sure thing, and if you give me more than five minutes’ notice, it might even be coherent.

I can pull off these sorts of stunts (my seminary education wasn’t a complete waste of time, after all!), but I would rather give more thought and preparation to what I say. So much of the platitudes we bandy about, especially in church, don’t really amount to much in the long run. I find that I am a much more effective communicator when I have something to say.

Paul had the right idea. He began his letter to the Ephesians with a lengthy meditation on the person of Christ. Christ was his theme, and he never strayed from it.


  1. Chris S says:

    Hello Dr. P!

    I just came across your blog by following the link from “Per Christum.” You sound like my kind of Baptist! Have you been able to read Steve Harmon’s Toward Baptist Catholicity yet?



  2. D. P. says:

    Welcome, Chris! No, I haven’t read Harmon. Have you reviewed it on your blog? I’m away on vacation right now with limited Internet access. Do come back!


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