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Passion Fruit Galatians 5:1, 13-25

Passion Fruit

The virtues of the Christian life are personal and intimate.


National Kissing Day is fast approaching! Who knew?! This whimsical observance offers us an opportunity to look at a well-known text in Galatians in which Christian virtues are identified as “fruit.” A new metaphor helps us to understand that these virtues are really more personal that fruit. They are critical for the success not only of interpersonal relationships, but also the growth of the church.



For material based on today’s gospel text, see “The Nons, the Nones and the Buts,” June 30, 2013.


“National Kissing Day, also known as World Kiss Day and International Kissing Day, is a nonofficial holiday that is celebrated on July 6 every year. It is a holiday in which people are encouraged to pucker up and kiss the person they love.”

These two introductory sentences appear on the website of Holiday Calendar (see Sources below). They alert us to a holiday most people do not celebrate but...

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