John Hemer, 30/01/2017

The early Paul (Saul) believed that the promises made to Israel by God had still not been fulfilled, but that the countdown was on. There is no question that the young Saul of Tarsus was zealous where religion was concerned, but Paul’s zeal is much more than mere religious enthusiasm.

Anne Flanagan, FSP, 16/01/2017

At the height of his ministry, Paul had great resources to draw on, especially his own rich education in the Scriptures of Israel and in the rabbinical tradition of interpretation. He may have even kept carefully preserved notes about the Lord's suffering, or maybe a list of Jesus' own sayings.

Armanda Santos, FSP, 02/01/2017
 
Who was this Apostle sent to proclaim the Good News to the Gentiles? If we want to know Paul we must look primarily at the letters he wrote, which give firsthand information about his person and teaching.

 John Hemer, 19/12/2016

It has become almost orthodoxy in some scholarly circles to assume that Paul and Jesus were wrong about the future of the world. They were, the argument goes, both convinced that some time soon after the resurrection Jesus would come back again and sort everything out and put an end to the world.

John Hemer, 05/12/2016

It is clear to even the most casual reader that at the beginning of both John’s gospel and his first letter Jesus is seen as having existed from the beginning, and that the man who walked in Galilee was none other than the one through whom God created the universe. That’s what the Church believes about him. But, say the critics, the idea of Christ's pre-existence is a very late development,

Armanda Santos, FSP, 21/11/2016

Our hope is that as your faith increases the scope of our activity will be greatly enlarged, so that we’ll be able to proclaim the good news to lands beyond you....  
2 Corinthians 10:15–16

 

John Hemer, 07/11/2016

In the last five chapters of Romans, Paul draws some practical conclusions from the dense doctrinal considerations of the first half of his letter. It all begins with a statement which could be described as a manifesto for Christian living: I appeal to you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship (Rmns 12:1).

John Hemer, 17/10/2016

I found when sharing the gospel in Pakistan, many Hindus would tell me that they believed in Jesus as the incarnation of God, but only one among many. Their basic world view was the Hindu one, a world populated by hundreds of thousands of gods, and they found a place for Christ in that.

John Hemer, 03/10/2016

Paul spent two years at Ephesus (Acts 19:10) much longer than anywhere else, apart from the time he was under arrest at Rome. One of the reasons people doubt his personal authorship of the letter to the Ephesians is that the style is so different to his other letters.

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