Bringing the Text to Life

XO Colossians 1:1-14


Although hugs and kisses have become a standard part of e-mail messages, we have deleted the centrality of love in the life of the church.

At a Glance

Chances are that the personal e-mails or FB messages you've been getting over the past year or so have included a string of X's and O's. It's become a new thing, and everyone's doing it. Is there a chance we see some X's and O's in Paul's letter to the Colossians?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Old Testament text, see "Jurassic Bark," July 15, 2001, at

Back in the first century, Paul and Timothy wrote a letter to the Christians in Colossae, a town in Asia Minor. We thank God for you, they said, "for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints" (Colossians 1:4). They rejoiced that their mutual friend Epaphras "has made known to us your love in the Spirit" (vv. 7-8).

Love for all the saints.

Love in the Spirit.

A letter full of love. You almost expect their letter to end with a string of X's and O's.

If Paul and Timothy were writing today, you might see this kind of farewell. Although our...

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