A Distant Presence

A Distant PresenceThe Story Behind Paul’s Letters to the Ephesians.
493 pages. 21 chapters. Over 100 pages of notes on first century history and culture and commentary on Paul’s letter to the Philippiians.

Drawing from the writings of ancient historians, the best conclusions of modern biblical scholarship, and the most readable contemporary translations, this book combines the power of story with the insights of a commentary. A Distant Presence envisions what life was like for the believers in first-century Philippi. You’ll feel transported to another time as you journey through ancient Italy and Macedonia, taking front-row seats for the colorful interactions between the great Apostle Paul and his beloved companions.

Paul’s relationship with the Philippians was marked by a tension between his brief, irregular visits and his long, frequent absences. Over a twelve-year period, the Apostle was physically present in Philippi for only a matter of weeks. However, Paul was never far from these Christians in his thoughts and affections. From the founding visit to the writing of his pivotal letter while imprisoned in Rome, Paul continued–from a distance–to disciple these early believers through the problems and challenges of following Christ. His letter reaced over the miles to encourage the Philippians in the first century. Now, it reaches over the centuries to inspire us.

This book tells the Philippian story. Using an historical fiction format, the birth of the church and its struggles to survive are recounted in vivid and compelling narrative. You’ll meet Paul in all his complexity and passion, his co-workers Timothy and Silas, Philippians like Lydia and Clement who loved Paul and the Christ he preached.

Table of Contents for "A Distant Presence"

Table of Contents for "A Distant Presence"

The Prologue of "A Distant Presence"

The Prologue of "A Distant Presence"

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