Letters to the Corinthians: Making Very Little Headway

Few passages are more confounding than 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Growing up, it was always the section that we skipped because the pastor couldn’t make heads nor tails of it. No one who actually read it could wrap their heads around it. Even looking it makes me feel like I’m in over my head. A few […]

Letters to the Corinthians: A Little More on Idols

Here we are in 1 Corinthians 10:14-22 and we’re back to the subject of idolatry and the Lord’s supper. Remember how I was talking about chiasms? Back in chapter 8 Paul explained that we know idols are nothing but we ought not do anything that offends the conscience of a weaker brother or sister. And […]

Letters to the Corinthians: And Now to You

In 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, Paul refers to Moses leading the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the Wilderness. We just saw that he referred to the Isthmia Games to talk to the Corinthians about discipline, but what would the Jewish believers who have fled Judea have known about that? For I do not want […]

Letters to the Corinthians: Idolizing Knowledge

1 Corinthians 8 turns out to be quite the diversion from the last few posts. It also turns out to be the half-way point for the whole letter of 1 Corinthians, so that’s cause for celebration in and of itself. Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge […]