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 […]

Letters to the Corinthians: An Attitude Check

We’re back in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and it brings me back to the word corinthianize – he might as well be asking Las Vegas or Atlantic City to give up gambling. So far the picture we have of this church makes the average American church seem angelic in comparison: there was division based on different […]

Letters to the Corinthians: Kangaroo Court

Looking at 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 … well, um, no turning back now … If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you […]

Letters to the Corinthians: Expel the Wicked

1 Corinthians 5 will be today’s subject. If you can, look up the word ‘corinthianize’ in the dictionary – you might find these definitions: To live like the Corinthians; hence, to lead a life of licentiousness and debauchery. or to live a promiscuous life. or to live in drunken immoral debauchery. You would think that […]