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Paul: Hero or Homewrecker?

“Home” was never an easy concept for Paul. Visits to his birthplace, Tarsus, are barely mentioned; he studied in Jerusalem but conversion made it dangerous; he spent a good while in Corinth but this was tainted by the argy-bargy that … Continue reading

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Paul: Defeated Twice

St Paul was a difficult man. There are many indications that he was essentially a loner: His competitive zeal, his passionate arguments, his sharp break with more pastoral Barnabas, his focused missionary hunger all point to one who found the … Continue reading

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Paul: Punk, Post-Punk, or Master of Dub?

After 2000 years we gladly take Paul’s “hymns” for granted. Philippians 2 or Colossians 1 are comfortably familiar now, but were shocking when they first appeared. To cry out “every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” was horrifying … Continue reading

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Paul and Barnabas

Paul’s conversion confused everyone. He’d been known as one who caused havoc among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem yet, newly converted in Damascus he was baffling all by proving strenuously Jesus is the Christ. (Acts 9:22) Paul now faced the same … Continue reading

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Paul and Stephen

If you had to name five people who made you think, who would they be? Or five people through whom you heard God speak to you? Hopefully they wouldn’t all be preachers – perhaps none of them would be. We … Continue reading

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Madness of St Paul – The Foreword

Can the way we read the Bible affect our mental health? Undoubtedly it can. Over the years – working as a psychotherapist committed to the Christian Way – I have seen many good Christian people who were bowed down by … Continue reading

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Madness of St Paul – the Blurb

In this book, Richard Dormandy charts with compassion the journey of St Paul through the “madness” of fear and self-loathing to a profound dependence on God’s grace and love. This unusual and perceptive reading of St Paul will be of … Continue reading

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The Madness of St Paul

The Madness of St Paul draws in detail upon the Second Letter to the Corinthians to consider the mid- ministry crisis from which Paul was emerging when he wrote the letter. It explores some of the factors which led to … Continue reading

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