Lately I’ve been studying the openings and closings of Paul’s letters, especially his greetings. These short passages contain fascinating information concerning the early church – especially its meeting practice and interdependence. For example, there are various “church” groups mentioned in the greetings of Romans chapter 16. Also, if Colossians and Philemon are related – as many believe they are – then there are interesting interactions between the different groups in Colossae. I hope to present a list of the different groups that I’ve found shortly.