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The New Creation (2 Corinthians 6-7)

A special follow-up episode to Monday's brief look at 2 Corinthians 1-2, this is a study class that I recorded in 2016. We're going to dig into the text, and into the culture of the first century Mediterranean world of the Corinthian church, to see how Paul shatters their social ethic in order to rebuild it, Jesus-style. Chapters 6-7 of this challenging letter form the climax of the piece, so prepare to be challenged!

grief and comfort (2017/09/03)

Welcome to the first full episode of 4QS! We're reading 2 Kings 8, Lamentations 4, and 2 Corinthians 1-2, and trying to strike that difficult balance between mourning and hope. Join me for a look at the role of the prophet in ancient Israel, how the exiled Jews in Babylon coped with the destruction of their home, and how Paul could live with joy in the midst of depression.

This episode features loss, grief, and depression as central themes.

not the first episode

Hello friends, and welcome to four cubits and a span! This is not the first episode: it's an introduction to a Goliath that you may not have met before, and the Bible you might not know about. Also, and some thoughts on reading, studying, and talking about the Bible, and the importance of stories. It's really just my way of saying "Hi!" and inviting you to join me every Monday on 4QS.