Pauline Spirit

Paul, Missionary of Jesus
May 29, 2008, 1:58 am
Filed under: books, Scripture

Barnett Paul MissionaryI highly recommend this recent work by Paul Barnett, published this year by Eerdmans. This is the second of a projected three volume series on Christianity “After Jesus.” Barnett demonstrates that Paul was not the “creator” of Christianity, but a faithful missionary who knew a great deal about Jesus’ earthly life and ministry, and continued it in the way he lived his missionary life. Paul did indeed have “the mind of Christ”!

The treatment is not biographical, but it is not a theological work, either. It is an eminently readable kind of chronology of Paul’s thought, as drawn from Acts (accepted as historically reliable in most respects) and the Letters (up to Romans). There is a wonderful appendix on the mind of Paul (“Mind and Spirit: How Paul Made Decisions”). Personally, I’ll be reading this another time very soon, and expect to give it at least one more thorough going through before the Pauline Year ends.

I found several helpful reviews of this title: one at and one from a blogging professor at Grace Theological Seminary.


Reflections from Wilmington, DE
April 5, 2008, 7:25 pm
Filed under: Paul resources, Scripture, Spirituality, Uncategorized

The bishops are beginning to proclaim Jubilee throughout the land. On the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, Bishop Saltarelli of Wilmington, Delaware, issued a pastoral letter in anticipation of the Pauline Year. It offers a good blend of scriptural, spiritual and pastoral reflection and some practical ideas for the Jubilee Year, touching on the following six themes:
I. Paul’s Conversion Experience on the Road to Damascus and our Personal Conversion in the Year of Saint Paul
II. Living and Praying Christ in the Year of Saint Paul
III. Praying, Studying and Living the Inspired Word of God in the Pauline Year
IV. Lifting High the Cross of Christ in the Year of Saint Paul
V. Rekindling a Love for the Eucharist and the Church in the Year of Saint Paul
VI. The Universal Call to Holiness and the Universal Call to Mission in the Year of Saint Paul