Over the last many months some of us have shared interest in having a weekly discussion about the Bible. Not a small group. Not a teaching time. No flannel graph or flashy videos. Just a casual time to hang out and talk freely. It was sparked by interest in learning more about Paul the Apostle. So, I found an interesting–and new–biography written about him by the extremely well-regarded, and highly readable, scholar NT Wright.
That’s all unnecessary background.
Here’s the scoop: Every Sunday morning at 7 we’re going to be meeting at the Panera Bread on Del Paso in Natomas to talk about Paul, his life, his writings, and issues he raises.
This is a good way to get into reading Paul’s work and a casual way of talking about it. No expectations of previous study. Just come ready to chat.
About 4 of us have been meeting the last few weeks, mostly because this all took a long time to get off the ground, so we didn’t know what to expect. But since we’ve found a good rhythm the last month, we definitely want others to join us as we press on.
Each week, the plan is to go through a chapter of Wright’s biography and the Bible passages that come up in the chapter. If you want to read the biography with us, great! If not, no worries. It’s not about homework, it’s about engaging with Paul’s life and teachings.
Mostly the Wright book is just to give some basic organization as we get this started. There’s no end point or set schedule. After going through that book, we’ll just go through Paul’s letters chapter by chapter.
This week, we’ll be bouncing off of chapter 4 of Wright’s book, which covers the beginning of Paul’s missionary work. This roughly covers Acts 11-14 and Galatians 2. Read either, read both, whatever fits your schedule.
We’d love to have you join us as we have coffee with Paul and chat about what his insights mean for us.