An “epistle” is defined as “a poem or other literary work in the form of a letter or series of letters.” More specifically, an epistle, in the Christian sense, is a letter written from a Christian leader to other Christians– sometimes a whole group and other times a single person. They are primarily theological reflections and, therefore, have instructions in them for how Christians might consider living in light of the theological reflection. Therefore, epistles are dedicated to offering practice in light of the theological reflections.
Many of my friends at George Fox Evangelical Seminary have often teased me about the length of my writing. Oftentimes I respond to them in lengthy, thoughtful, but inappropriately long and tiresome letters and expositions. I’ve come to the point where I can no longer coerce people with the length of my writing in everyday conversation. Therefore, rather than continue my downfall of not listening well in everyday conversation, it is on this blog that I will share my epistles.
The sort of writing that epitomizes an epistle has been of fundamental use in the life of the Church. But they are only appropriate for those who desire to listen or read. I can no longer claim that we should be people of powerlessness and coerce people with the length of my words in every day conversation. Therefore, join in the conversation as we address issues of theology and practice through the epistles I offer up to you for reflection.