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 […]

Letters to the Corinthians: on Singleness

We’re looking at 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 and it’s one the more clear sections about their different cultural attitudes about marriage. Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good […]

Letters to the Corinthians: Status Updates

This is 1 Corinthians 7:17-24 and it’s the shortest section of this chapter. Nevertheless, each person should live as a believer in whatever situation the Lord has assigned to them, just as God has called them. This is the rule I lay down in all the churches. Was a man already circumcised when he was […]

Letters to the Corinthians: Family Matters

1 Corinthians 7:1-16 will be today’s section. First I think it’s worth noting that it reads a little bit like an advice column, asking about how they ought to have relationships as Christians and as Christians, what their relationships ought to look like. One thing that is also worth considering is that family was different […]