Biblical truth standing on its spiritual head to get our eternal attention.

1 Corinthians 11:17-34 – You Are What You Eat

| October 15, 2016

Communion Talk – “You are what you eat” is a phrase most of have heard of. And you are, in that when you eat something you take on the characteristics of that food. Eat something with a lot of carbohydrates and you get energy which is why athletes “carbo load”. Coffee has caffeine and unless […]

1 Corinthians – A Frightening Warning

| April 6, 2016

Some Corinthians (claiming to be Christians) could not believe in the resurrection of the dead other than Jesus. If they could believe Jesus had been resurrected, why not others? It is possible they did not know about all the OT stories, or even those in the NT. It is also possible they deemed them different […]

1 Corinthians 14:33-36 – Chiasm

| November 11, 2015

There is debate about the existence, purpose, and interpretive qualities of chiasms yet I still think they serve beyond being a neat organizational outline. Maybe they can even help in controversial texts such as 1 Cor.14:34-35: A – As in all the churches of the saints, B – The women are to keep silent in […]

1 Corinthians 11:17-22 – On Suppers and Divisions

| January 25, 2015

When something is wrong, you fix it. Negatively, you remove what is bad or corrupting. Positively, to correct what is wrong, you restore what is right. Think about that, no one would disagree; and yet when it comes to the Bible somehow the rules change. So the point of this lesson is simple: To correct […]

1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Wonders from the Word – Preaching, Proclaiming, or Betraying

| December 15, 2014

Each gospel account makes mention of Jesus being betrayed by Judas. Paul makes mention of Jesus being betrayed in correcting the Lord’s Supper. Is this just a fact to Paul, or it is part of his overall lesson? Unnoticeable in most translations, but the same Greek word is used for Paul who “delivered” or “passed […]

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 – Two Extremes

| October 1, 2014

Two extremes, at least, exist among the preachers and believers in the first century. If they existed then, they exist now. Both are extremes from each other, and compromises with others. The first extreme is too strict; the second is too loose. The first is too many rules; the second is too many freedoms. The […]

1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Thessalonians 1:1 – The Power of a Preposition

| September 18, 2014

“Further, there is an interesting observation here which stresses the point made in the introductory remarks about writing to real people in real life situations. To note this, compare 1:1 with 1 Corinthians 1:2. Do you see any difference? Here Paul wrote, “to the church of the Thessalonians in God,” but in 1 Corinthians he […]

1 Thessalonians 1:3 – Faith, Love, Then Hope

| September 12, 2014

“Faith, love, and hope.” That order doesn’t sound right, does it? Because of the beautiful passage on love in 1 Cor.13, we are used to “faith, hope, and love.” Paul uses that trilogy of virtues 4 times (unless you think he wrote Hebrews): 1 Cor.13:13; Col.1:4-5; 1 Thess.1:3; 5:8. Only once does he use the […]

Revelation 2:18-29 – The Churches of Thyatira and Corinth

| August 26, 2014

Consider how similar Thyatira’s sins are to Corinth: 1) Both tolerated someone who needed to be put out (1 Cor.5); 2) Both had people who committed fornication (1 Cor.6:12-20); 3) Both had problems with the eating of meats sacrificed to idols (1 Cor.10:14-22); 4) Both had some kind of “sickness” and death (1 Cor.11:30); 5) […]

Matthew 18:20; 1 Corinthians 5:4; 2 Corinthians 2:10 – Paul Echoes Jesus

| August 5, 2014

Lately I have been fascinated by how many times Paul’s teaching reflects that of Jesus’. Sometimes it is just a peculiar word repeated, a phrase reworked, or an essential doctrinal issue reiterated. For example, in 1 Cor.5:4 in the discipline of a brother, Paul writes, “in the name of our Lord Jesus with my spirit […]