New Testament 2 Assignment:
Write a Pauline-type letter to a faith community that you are familiar with (e.g., your parish, prayer group, fellow-ministers, pastoral council, parish staff, perhaps another Christian denomination or sect, K. of C., etc.). Please try to emulate the format that Paul used in his letters. In this letter include the following features as Paul did:
• problems or concerns that you hear of/see in the community.
• effective spiritual advice and theological rationale for each of your directives.
N.B. This exercise in emulating Paul’s style and method of theologizing is not intended to be critical of individual Christians or churches. Every community has various issues and problems and could use some prophetic guidance. Also, Paul’s approach was always very practical and problem-centered. If you find this assignment overly critical or judgmental, please feel free to create a fictional situation.