Category Archives: 1Corinthians

A Little Leaven

When you know how the story’s going to turn out, the first time you encounter this in Joshua you can’t help but cringe. And then, every subsequent time it happens there seems to ring an ominous bell tolling a warning … Continue reading

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Work In Progress

You read the opening verses of 1Corinthians and, if you’ve read the letter before and you’re at all familiar with this rag tag, dysfunctional group of believers (check out 5:1-6 and 11:17-22), you can’t help but ask yourself, “Is Paul … Continue reading

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Found Faithful

Ours is a celebrity culture. In the world, and in the church, we have a way of gravitating toward those we perceive to be something special. We want to be part of a following. We love being in a parade … Continue reading

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Infants in Christ

As I hover over my reading this morning, honestly, I don’t know how much patience I might have had with them. For all they knew, it seemed to make relatively little difference. For all the time Paul had spent with … Continue reading

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I Know a Secret

I know a secret. Most times I forget that I have privileged “insiders” knowledge because most of the people I hang with do too. Nevertheless, I reminded this morning that I know a secret. It’s an ancient secret, hidden wisdom … Continue reading

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Fully Known

Opening up 1Corinthians 13 usually evokes two streams of consciousness. The first encompasses Paul’s inspired definition of love, and thus of the Savior. For if love is patient, kind, without envy nor boast, and not arrogant or rude. If it … Continue reading

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The Great Context

There seems to have been an on-going debate within the Corinth church. To eat, or not to eat–that is the question. Is food offered to idols fair game for the dinner table now that we are free in Christ? Or, … Continue reading

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An Entrusted Stewardship

Perspective. It makes all the difference, doesn’t it? It’s the difference between the cup being half-full or half-empty. The difference between being discouraged by how far we have to go and being jazzed by how far we’ve come. And, as … Continue reading

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That We Might Understand

Saturday we gathered together with confidence. As we remembered our so evident loss, yet we equally celebrated her so certain gain. Though we acknowledged the reality of the difficulty here and now, we affirmed the surety of reunion there and … Continue reading

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

I’m reading 1Corinthians 12 and realize it’s an object lesson. Paul is taking something that everyone is familiar with and trying to make a point about something they still have much to learn about. At issue is their ignorance around … Continue reading

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