If you are someone who follows Jesus but have at some point wrestled with Paul or felt some dissonance between Paul and Jesus, you are not alone.
Some people find Paul lacking in comparison with the master; others simply find Paul himself distasteful, offensive, oppressive, exclusive, confusing, arrogant, or just plain wrong.
Jesus Have I Loved, But Paul? is, in part, for folks who resonate with the statement, “Jesus have I loved, but Paul have I hated.”
Paul gets a bad rap because letters bearing his name provide biblical ammunition for almost every injustice that Christians have perpetrated in the name of Jesus.
But there is a way forward.
Paul’s theology tells a story. It tells the story of Israel’s God. It tells the story of Jesus as a crucified savior. And it is our story.
To recognize that Paul’s letters are suffused with narrative dynamics opens a door for gaining fresh perspective on his contribution to Christian faith and practice.
Whether your passion is community or the environment, social justice or gender equality, Paul is a worthy companion along the way of following Jesus.
The Christian faith is a walk, a pilgrimage.
I often discover that being on a theological journey is much more fruitful and productive, if also more painful, than staying in place and building a large theological house.
I hope you will join me--and Paul--along this road.
Peace to you,
J. R. Daniel Kirk http://jrdkirk.com