Apostle Paul and Lessons from The Inner City


I look forward to taking part in another year of Write 31 Days.

For the rest of October I will be writing daily about the lessons I’ve learned, the observations I’ve made, and the theological reflections that I have had while working in the inner city. These will all be based on the letters of Paul.

Paul and Inner City Life

You don’t often see the writings of St. Paul associated with teachings and lessons about poverty and inner city life. Over the past few years the teachings of Paul have had a major influence on how I view poverty and what we call “inner city life”.

This year I’m participating in Write 31 Days. This is where you pick a topic to write about each day for all 31 days in October. It is a major commitment because it is time consuming, but I’ve decided that this is a great way for me to finally put my thoughts, the lessons I’ve learned, and what I’ve observed into writing. These daily posts won’t be in depth or academic. I’m not interested in writing anything at the academic level during my free time. Instead, these writings will be more of a devotional style.

How This Works

I will post a weekly summary every Sunday so that I am not sending readers email every day for 31 days. If you’d like to read my weekday writings, you can view them by clicking on the link “31 Day Writing and Reading 2016”. These will be posted each day, but will be emailed; only the Sunday summaries will be emailed.

About Paul (The Short Version)

Paul’s name is associated with 13 books in the New Testament:

Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon. 7 are directly accredited to Paul, 4 are considered to be pseud epigraphic, and scholars are still unsure about 2 of the books.

His Jewish name is Saul, his Roman (Latin) name is Paul. He is from the tribe of Benjamin, a Pharisee.

While on his way to somewhere Saul became blinded. He had a divine moment hearing the voice of Jesus. He went from being an angry, murderous persecutor of Christians to becoming an ardent follower of Christ. He traveled spreading the good news of Christ, taught others about a loving God, settled serious but childish disputes occurring between Christians and Jews, and taught people to love one another the way that God and Jesus loves us.

He was beaten, jailed, backstabbed, and mistreated. He went to his death proclaiming the love of God and the freedom this love brings to all, especially to those who believe.

Day 3 – Paul Teaches Us To Love: https://artepreta.com/2016/10/03/paul-teaches-us-to-love/

Day 4 – Paul Teaches Us That People Can Change:   https://artepreta.com/st-paul-and-the-inner-city/paul-teaches-us-that-people-can-change/