Why did Paul’s letters become such an important part of our scriptures?  Who put him in charge?

Paul was a well educated Roman citizen in addition to being a faithful Jew.  This allowed him to travel freely and to be able to communicate in many more places than Jesus’ other disciples.  This led him to plant/start many churches.  It was natural for them to reach out to him for support and advice, which he gave through actual letters.  We read them because it is the first record of how diverse groups of people can find common ground in Jesus.  Still, he was writing to particular communities with particular challenges.  We have to do our work to discover which parts of the letters speak to our churches today, and which parts need to be understood in their context. – Pastor Trudy Stoffel