The Origins of the New Testament, Part XXVIII: Acts III -- The Story of Paul

Column by Bishop John Shelby Spong on 8 July 2010 0 Comments
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Dr. Larry L. Ligo, Professor of Art History at Davidson College, writes:

Thank you so much for your clear, informative, exciting, liberating insights into the meaning of Christ for Christians living in the twenty-first century. I first heard of you and your ministry in a Charlotte Observer article when you were lecturing in the Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte last fall. I missed your presentation there, but was intrigued by the article and have since read five or six of your books. Thank you.

I also wish to express my condolences to you concerning the recent death of your friend Michael Goulder. I have gained much from your treatment of his work in Liberating the Gospels. I have been trying to find copies of his out of print books, but have not, as of yet, been successful.

Will you be speaking in the North Carolina area in the near future? Do you have a schedule of your up-coming speaking engagements?


Dear Professor Ligo,

Thank you for your letter. When I was growing up in Charlotte, N. C., Davidson College was the crown jewel of nearby educational opportunities. I always admired its commitment to academic excellence. What was then a very small town had a mayor named Tom Griffith, who was a dairy farmer and who was, in fact, my mother's brother and thus my uncle. Your letter brought back many memories to me.

Thank you also for your condolences on the death of one of my three major mentors in life, Michael Goulder. I hope you saw the column I wrote as my tribute to him. It came out earlier this year and can be accessed by subscribers to this column as can all of the previous columns published at this site. Michael's books are indeed hard to find. I hired a rare books firm in the UK to locate them for me. It was a fairly expensive way to build a library, but I treasure them. I suggest that you look at a major theological library to find them. I would bet that they are in the library of the divinity school of Wake Forest University.

My speaking schedule is available on my column's website at all times, giving information on events three months out. I was recently in North Carolina at the First Congregational Church-UCC in Hendersonville in late May and early June. I will be in North Carolina next, lecturing on the Monday and Tuesday nights of the first three weeks of August in Highlands, sponsored by the Highlands Institute of Theology and Religion. I realize that Highlands is about a three hour drive from Davidson, but it is a beautiful drive and I would love to see you.

– John Shelby Spong



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