In April, Prof. John M.G. Barclay (Durham, UK) gave a plenary address at Houston Baptist University’s theology conference on early Christianity. His paper was entitled: “‘The poor you have always with you.’ Why it mattered to the early church to give to the poor”
HBU graciously posted the lecture on Youtube. This is, no doubt, part of Prof. Barclay’s wider work on grace and gift-giving in the Greco-Roman world and in Paul. (see his soon-coming book, Paul and the Gift). Enjoy!