The style of our scripture changes between the Hebrew Bible and the Christian Testament. After the four gospels (the four that were affirmed above and against those later discovered at Nag Hammadi) we have a series of letters. Some were authored by the apostle Paul, though some bear his name merely as an honorific, a popular practice known as pseudepigrapha. Others have no known author. What makes the letters distinct, to me, is that rather than stories from which we may more easily discern our own understanding, letters have very specific audiences and agendas. And yet they retain timeless qualities. Some of Paul’s writings could be the Minutes to contemporary church Council meetings.

Romans 1.1–17: Nothing to Sell
Romans 1.1–17: Letter to Claremont
Romans 5.1–11: Live Your Easter
Romans 6.1–14: Circumcise Your Heart

Corinthians 1 and 2
1 Corinthians 1.10–18; Acts 18.1–4: Rebuild the World (Audio)
2 Corinthians 1.10: Forgiveness Begins in Holy Community
2 Corinthians 1.1–11: God’s Compassion and Comfort    (Audio)
2 Corinthians 5.11–21: God is Using YOU

Galatians 3.1–9, 23–29: Stay in Sorrow    (Audio)

Ephesians 1.1–14: Theory, Prayer, Faith    (Audio)
Ephesians 2.11-22: Year ‘Round Faith    (Audio)
Ephesians 6.10-20: Add More to Church (Audio)

Philippians 1.1–8a: What is the Next Right Thing?    (Audio)
Philippians 2.1–13: The Words of Our Faith    (Audio)


Thessalonians 1 and 2

Timothy 1 and 2
1 Timothy 6.6–19: Eighteen Hundred and Thirty-Two


Philemon: Paul’s Master Class

Hebrews 1.1–4: Christ is Defined by Change
Hebrews 2.10–18: Who, What, When, Why    (Audio)
Hebrews 4.14–5.10: Closeness to God    (Audio)
Hebrews 9: Open Sanctuary    (Audio)
Hebrews 11.1–16, 12.1–2: Join the Cloud of Witnesses    (Audio)
Hebrews 13.1–3: Love of Neighbor

James 1.2-6: Deep Joy (in the Midst of Virus) (Video)
James 1.17–27: Faith v. Works

Peter 1 and 2
1 Peter: Could This Be Easier?

John 1, 2, and 3
1 John 3.1a, 2a, 18-21a: Beloved All


Revelation 1.17–20, 4.1–7, 5.1–8, 6.1–80: God is Other    (Audio)
Revelation 21.1–6, 22.1–5: Give Thanks that We are Not Complicit    (Audio)