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Merely Christian 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Merely Christian

Being a Christian is not complicated.

At a Glance

Sixty-five years ago a religious book was published that changed the conversation about God and what it means to be a Christian. It was C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity. We mention this because in today's epistle text, the apostle Paul seems to be suggesting that there are a few basic qualities that are common to all Christians.  

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Two Babes in a Manger," December 15, 2002, at

Religious books are big business. In the United States, sales revenue has recently been around $500 million per year.

About 50 million religious books are sold each year, both fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary. Perhaps you'll find one waiting for you under your Christmas tree. But with so many books to choose from, how do you know which ones have value? Which ones are bad, which ones are good and which ones are great? What would you say is the best Christian book of all time?

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