"We can see the total, transforming love of Christ that has now encapsulated, and is overflowing out of the 60-year-old, end of his ministry Paul. He isn’t bitter. He isn’t griping about being in prison, or his living conditions, and he’s not even using his apostolic authority in the letter – like he has for most of his ministry. The spirit that’s within Paul as a fellow Christian is just overflowing in his letter: in his grace, in his dealing with these hard issues, in his love for Philemon, in his love for the slave turned brother in Chris, Onesimus. It’s the transcending nature of the Christian life. Remember that Paul wrote in Galatians, 'There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ.'"
"The Gospel is more than just a set of beliefs or moral teachings about peace and love. It’s radical, it’s transformative, it’s powerful, and it’s the only way to salvation, and it’s the only way to God the Father. Even just saying that statement is enough to get you fired in a lot of places today, to lose an election, to be chastised publicly, or boycotted. But we should not be afraid to proclaim Christ crucified as we are commanded because the world desperately needs to hear it."