The Word Among Us

November 2006 Issue

A Monumental Mission

The "Gospel According to St. Paul"

By: Fr. Lawrence Boadt, CSP

I want to take you on a tour of St. Paul and his writings, and that means we will do two things: First, we will look at the Acts of the Apostles to get a sense of Paul's missionary work and how it was both accepted and rejected by Jews and Gentiles alike. Second, we will look at some of Paul's letters to see how he himself dealt with the challenges of his ministry, especially with the opposition he faced from various groups that did not approve of the gospel he was proclaiming. So let's start with Acts, beginning with a bit of background.

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