All One in Christ

All One in Christ

WE’RE ALL DIFFERENT. The way the world is, that means we’re valued differently. If you’re good looking or clever or wealthy you’re likely to go further in this life. But that’s not the way God sees us. If we’re followers of Jesus Christ, we’re all equally precious to God. A Letter to a Friend Tucked away in the middle of the New Testament is the letter of the Apostle Paul to Philemon. It’s only about a page long. It’s one of the most delightful letters ever written from one friend to another. Philemon was a Christian in Asia. Paul at this time was a prisoner of the Emperor in Rome. The letter concerns a slave called Onesimus, who belonged to Philemon but had run away. He had found himself in Rome, where he’d come across Paul and was converted and baptised. The bond grew between them, and Paul came to

The Price of Slaves

The Price of Slaves

WE ARE ALL PRETTY FAMILIAR with ‘price inflation’. Generally the price of an item (a bottle of milk for example) will rise over time. It’s not a universal rule—you can also get periods of stagflation or deflation, but in general prices rise. You might be surprised to know that inflation has been around for a very long time. It was operating in Bible times. And you might be more surprised to learn that we can use price inflation to check that the Bible narrative is true and accurate. That it was written when it claims to have been written, and that the events fit the period to which they relate. The Price of Milk Let me illustrate how this works. Suppose for example I shared with you a newspaper article claiming to have been written in  Britain  in  the  1960s  and  covering events from that period. In this article it