Raj Patta is ordained in the Andhra Evangelical Lutheran Church, a South Indian church of approximately 1.5 million members. Until 2014 he was the National General Secretary of the Student Christian Movement in India and he previously worked for the National Council of Churches in India in their advocacy work for Dalit Christian rights. He is from Andhra Pradesh, India, and is married to Shiny. They have two sons. Raj blogs at www.thepattas.blogspot.com and is passionate about reading the Bible from the margins of society. Raj has used the NRSVA for these notes.