“No, you can’t start eating yet!”

Read 1 Cor 11:17-34 (Stop and Read) There is a 2nd issue that Paul responds to in chapter eleven: how the Lord’s Supper was being misused in that church. Like head coverings, the specific practices for which they were rebuked are not the ones we face. However, there are some broader principles we can apply….

A New Language

This chapter deals with how the church was handling (or midhandling) two particular gifts: speaking in tongues and prophecy.  I want to share my own experience with speaking in tongues, not because I think it is necessarily normative, but because it shapes my views on this passage. My parents were touched by the Charismatic Renewal…

A New Language

Read 1 Cor 14:1-12 (Stop and Read) This chapter deals with how the church was handling (or midhandling) two particular gifts: speaking in tongues and prophecy.  I want to share my own experience with speaking in tongues, not because I think it is necessarily normative, but because it shapes my views on this passage.  My…

“No, you can’t start eating yet!”

Read 1 Cor 11:17-34 (Stop and Read) There is a 2nd issue that Paul responds to in chapter eleven: how the Lord’s Supper was being misused in that church. Like head coverings, the specific practices for which they were rebuked are not the ones we face. However, there are some broader principles we can apply….

He’s got you covered!

Read 1 Cor 11:1-16 (Stop and Read) As we read the Scripture, it is important that we interpret it carefully and as accurately as possible.  The Greek word for that practice is “hermeneutics.”  1 Corinthians 11 requires some hermeneutical analysis to understand the universal truths being taught here and not solely look at the practice. …

Free to love

Read 1 Cor 6:9-11 (Stop and Read) This is the third post in a short series so if you haven’t read “The List” and “Who’s in Charge Here?” please do so in order to get the context of this post.  Reflection:  I’ve written some thoughts about how those who take the Bible seriously must wrestle…

Who’s in Charge Here?

Read 1 Cor 6:9-11 (Stop and Read) This is the second post in a short series so if you haven’t read “The List” from 12-2, please do so in order to get the context of this post.  Reflection: One of the first watershed divides in a discussion of this issue (and many others) is whether…

The List

Read 1 Cor 6:9-11 (Stop and Read) Reflection: The apostle takes some time here to list some specific practices that are unrighteous and prevent inheritance of the kingdom of God.   There are ten behaviors named (probably because Paul knew that there were believers in Corinth who had practiced those listed and should therefore not be considered…

Ready to Eat

12/2/2013 (I apologize for such a large gap in posting – the move into the new building has been consuming a large portion of my time and focus.  I anticipate being able to get back to regular posting now) Read 1 Cor 3:1-6 (Stop and Read) Reflection: Paul says that since the Corinthians believers are…

Ready to Eat?

12/2/2013 (I apologize for such a large gap in posting – the move into the new building has been consuming a large portion of my time and focus.  I anticipate being able to get back to regular posting now) Read 1 Cor 3:1-6 (Stop and Read) Reflection: Paul says that since the Corinthians believers are…