When the world’s values come to church (1 Cor 1:11-17)

This week we began a series in 1 Corinthians 1-4, about a divided church. We saw yesterday how they were divided around leaders – specifically, their style of preaching. And we thought about how we do this in our own “entertain-me” culture. (Make sure you read that one first or today won’t make much sense.)… Continue reading When the world’s values come to church (1 Cor 1:11-17)

The ‘Foolish’ Gospel (1 Cor 1:18-25)

In our series through 1 Cor 1-4 so far we’ve seen how the Corinthians were divided. The wealthier members were trying to display their sophistication and importance by hosting the most eloquent Christian speakers. They were still trying to play the world’s game, but doing it in the church. They were attaching themselves to the… Continue reading The ‘Foolish’ Gospel (1 Cor 1:18-25)

The “Foolish” Gospel – Part 2 (1 Cor 1:26-2:5)

In our series through 1 Cor 1-4 we have seen how Paul refuses to play the world’s status games. In Corinth he didn’t try to impress them with the kind of eloquent public speaking they esteemed, which had a negative effect on how they perceived him. Yesterday, we saw Paul begin to defend his approach,… Continue reading The “Foolish” Gospel – Part 2 (1 Cor 1:26-2:5)