Archive for the ‘1&2 Corinthians’ Category

  • Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 1)

    Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” and even worse read it also literally then we are in trouble! The verse (in the [&hellip...

  • 1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols?

    Oct 22, 14 • 1&2 Corinthians, Reading the Bible FaithfullyComments Off on 1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols?
    1 Cor 10:23ff. Meat offered to idols?

    While Paul’s test case, whether Christians may eat meat that has been offered to idols is of little importance to most Christians today. When was the last time someone offered you such meat? His principle is still helpful and useful. This podcast illustrates how to spot the principle in this passage and begins to suggest [&hellip...

  • An Introduction to Gapping

    Nov 7, 12 • 1&2 Corinthians, Gapping, NarrativeComments Off on An Introduction to Gapping
    An Introduction to Gapping

    Gapping, where hearers have to “fill in” information that is missing in the text, is a really significant part of biblical story-telling. So, I’ll need to introduce the idea to next year’s Biblical Narrative class. Normally we “gap” unconsciously, and not just when reading narratives as I hope I’ll show you in this podcast. We’ll [&hellip...

  • 5 Steps | 1 Cor 1:10-17 | Step 1

    May 24, 12 • 1&2 Corinthians, 5 StepsComments Off on 5 Steps | 1 Cor 1:10-17 | Step 1
    5 Steps | 1 Cor 1:10-17 | Step 1

    Marking is a great stimulus for ideas for these podcasts. I thought I do a short series telling how the five step process works using one of our “test” passages. This first one is just step one, I’ll do the others later&#...

  • Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 2)

    Understanding contradictions: 1 Cor 14:34 (Part 2)

        In part one I drew attention to the problem that this verse seems to contradict what Paul himself approves and to some funny things going on in and around the verse. Here I’ll focus on my reason for mentioning this, how we should respond when a Bible passage seems to contradict what the [&hellip...

  • E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots

    Aug 24, 10 • 1&2 Corinthians, E100Comments Off on E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots
    E100-92: 2 Corinthians 4:1 – 6:2: Cracked pots

    Clay vessels were everywhere, plates, bowls, cups, storage, cooking… most of the everyday objects we make of glass or china, and many we make of plastic (or even metal) were clay pottery in the ancient world. Living back then you were deeply (and probably unconsciously) aware of just how fragile standard clay pots are. We [&hellip...

  • E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way

    Aug 23, 10 • 1&2 Corinthians, E100Comments Off on E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way
    E100-91: 1 Corinthians 13:1 – 13:13: The Most Excellent Way

    There’s so much in this chapter! No wonder it’s a favourite to read at weddings, for indeed it does describe a sort of love that is far removed from the sugary candy floss that popular culture usually presents as “romantic”. Though of course Paul is not writing about marriage, but about the greatest gift given [&hellip...