Scot McKnight on Paul’s Most Pastoral Letter

Not everyone agrees on the answer to question like this: Which of Paul’s letters is the most pastoral?

Some would immediately say “The Pastorals, stupid!”

There’s lots to say for that choice, but after teaching Paul for years I concluded that one of his more neglected letters, and one harder to preach to lay folks than many might guess …

… not Romans

… not 1 Corinthians

… not Galatians (for sure)

… not Ephesians (good guess though)

… but 2 Corinthians.

There are no letters of Paul’s that reveal his heart more than his aching love for the Corinthians, his inability to preach and evangelize until he heard news how the Corinthians responded to his letter.

There is also no letter that reveals the problems Paul was having with the Corinthians. In responding to their criticisms he tells us what they were.

If you are a pastor, don’t read chps 10—13 on Monday.

He got criticized for money, for his ability (or lack thereof) to preach, and by the time you are doing reading those chapters you feel bad for the chap for all he went through with this congregation.

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Source: Christianity Today