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A Bible in the pulpit of Catonsville Presbyterian Church

Bible Study: Philemon

  • Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • Time: 10:30am12:00pm
  • Location: Zoom Online Meeting

Philemon – consisting of 335 words, it’s the third shortest book in the Bible. But when was the last time you heard a sermon on Philemon, studied it in a group, or even read it? It’s a challenging text because it looks like Paul is sending a thieving runaway slave back to his “good” master. This interpretation is problematic, according to contemporary New Testament Lewis Brogdon, “it is also theologically limiting and offers the church very little to reflect on as we face mammoth issues of inclusion and fellowship such as racism, sexism, and classism.” Our guide will be Brodgon’s recent book A Companion to Philemon (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2018). Copies will be available for purchase in the church house ($21). It’s also available on
Kindle ($9.99). ~Ken Kovacs

You’re invited to our Zoom Thursday Morning Bible Study. We’ll check-in, read and reflect upon a text, and offer time for prayer. You can either use the video option that allows you to see everyone in the group or you can call in using a landline or cell phone. Never been to a Bible study before? No worries. You don’t have to do or say anything. You can just listen.

The Zoom link will be sent out on Tuesdays.

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