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Introduction: Paul Found in His Letters

Introduction: Paul Found in His Letters

From the author: George Martin I welcome feedback, editorial suggestions, and questions. I’m going public with my chapters as they evolve in the proper order. I’m am also seeking a major publisher who will publish this book. Let me know what you think using the comments part of this website. (Please note the working title for this book had been “Meeting the St. Paul You Never Thought You’d Meet.” That  title has changed to reflect the basic strategy behind my…

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Chapter 2: Paul in Arabia

Chapter 2: Paul in Arabia

This is the second chapter to my book “Paul Found: In His Letters.” I welcome comments and feedback.   Chapter 1                       Paul in Arabia (Dec. 4, 2017)   “Thus the narratives which we live out have both an unpredictable and a partially teleological character.” [Alastair McIntyre, After Virtue, 215 – 216] From Paul’s seven letters we are able to discover fragments of a man’s life. That’s the best we can…

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Chapter 3: What’s in a Name?

Chapter 3: What’s in a Name?

The Third Chapter: What’s in a Name? This is a pdf. It contains a number of images of Paul. Since it is a pdf. document it is posted differently from the first two chapters. Simply click on What‘s in a Name (2018) highlighted below. to read this chapter.   What’s in a Name (2018)

Chapter 4 — Paul the Storyteller

Chapter 4 — Paul the Storyteller

Chapter 4  Paul the Storyteller “The art of perspective is to see yourself small on the stage of another person’s story.” [Solnit, The Faraway Nearby, #6] Against a background of a seminary library shelves filled with titles reflecting what Paul thought and believed, I want to emphasize a topic rarely considered. Paul was primarily a storyteller. There are multi-layered narratives to be discovered in Paul letters. We have some detective work to do. We will discover many clues to Paul…

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Chapter 5: Paul Lost in The Crowd

Chapter 5: Paul Lost in The Crowd

 Chapter 5: Paul Lost in the Crowd (Editorial suggestions are welcome! ghm)   “Exploring and narrating the Pauline story can be a means to articulate a counter narrative, a challenge to this (and other) dominant narratives, a means to envisage human communities in which a different story constructs a different sense of identity and undergirds different patterns of community practice.”[1]   “Let him wander through the city, an exile from the bridge and the hill Let him be the least…

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Annotated Table of Contents

Annotated Table of Contents

What follows is the annotated table of contents for my new book that I hope to complete by December of this year. I welcome comments and interest from others. In early 2017 I expect I’ll be able to be offering seminars and conferences on this topic. Please use the comment section of this web page and I’ll be happy to respond to your questions or reflections. Annotated Table of Contents “Meeting the St. Paul You Never Thought You’d Meet” by…

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Sabbath Time — Trusting the Spirit

Sabbath Time — Trusting the Spirit

Sabbath Time — Trusting the Spirit By George Martin May 11, 2014 St. Mattthew’s Episcopal Church, Pacific Palisades, CA Sunday Bulletin, Easter 4 (A Reflection Based on the Walter Bruggemann lectures at the Clergy Conference this past week. All five of the St. Matthew’s clergy staff attended!)  Many of us major in anxiety and fear. It even means at times feeling guilty when we’re not working very hard or seeming to make progress toward a goal. We live in a…

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I don’t have a strategy for Congregational Growth! How can that be?

I don’t have a strategy for Congregational Growth! How can that be?

A Friend of Mine (an Episcopal priest) is applying for a job another church. She asked me how I would answer a question they were asking about “Church Growth”? She was hoping I had the answers. At one time I thought I did, but that’s no longer the case. Thus I wrote the following for my friend to consider. The question comes first and then my suggested reply, that she’ll have to put in her own words, of course. April…

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His Love Found Us

His Love Found Us

This is the sermon I wrote for St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul MN for March 17th, the 5th Sunday of Lent. …………….. “Hey! That was my line!” George Martin Sermon for March 17, 2013 (Philippians 3:1-14 and John 12:1-11)  I’ve been in and out of prisons for most of my life. That’s not exactly the sermon opening I’m sure many of you were expecting to hear, but it is true. One summer when I was in college I was…

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Holy Saturday – Waiting for What We Don’t Know

Holy Saturday – Waiting for What We Don’t Know

Reflections on Holy Saturday April 7, 2012 George Martin What is it that allows us to have just a hint of hope and the ability to grit our teeth in moments of crisis—those times when fear arises like a tsunami—and to respond in the same way at other times of foreboding doom that creeps ever so slowly like a storm on the horizon? I’m not talking about a kind of foolhardy charge of the light brigade into a thunderous blaze…

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