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"The Apostle Paul is one of a handful of people from the ancient world whose words still have the capacity to leap off the page and confront us."
Ain't that the truth!
Paul and I are not always in agreement on issues and I do still struggle with the idea that before he became one of The Guys, he was a persecutor of the very people who he would eventually lead. I mean, yes I know, he was called specifically by Jesus, but he endorsed the murder of Stephen, the first Christian Martyr, holding the coats of the stone-throwers. How does Jesus choose THAT guy? And honestly, I do know and understand, but sometimes that part of me that is very un-Christian when thinking about earthly justice just gets kind of annoyed. But, I have also never claimed to be a very mature Christian in all regards and I am a work in progress.
Plus, I enjoyed what I have read by N.T. Wright so far and this was the last copy on the shelf, so I had to snag it. My pastor believes it will help me look at Paul with fresh eyes.
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