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My New Family

When early Christians called one another “brother” and “sister,” they weren’t just being pious. That language of piety didn’t exist yet, then. They talked that way because they were in a culture grounded in kinship, and because converting had in many cases disrupted their personal relationships. They were building a new sense of kinship to fill the gap. When they used those words, “brother, sister, children of God,” they weren’t just being spiritual. They meant them.

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