Monday, August 25, 2014
Response: My ears, used to the usual SJW/post-fem vibe of the Internet, are jarred by Paul. I'm not yet ready to accept that covering or uncovering a head based on gender is a sacrosanct part of prayer. Still, I know that through both subjects, my goal is clear- I need to be better at focusing on God, both in and out of worship.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Summary: Paul seems to wrap up this section of the letter, repeating his call to deliberately managing one's life in order to serve God and His people.
Response: I understand Paul's longing to be all things to all people, being a people pleaser myself. Musically, I pride myself in being able to fill in almost anywhere. Again, though, I want that extra step, that it's not for me or even for those around me, but for God's will that I act.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Summary: Paul gives himself as an example of the kind of self control he's talking about. He knows that, as a servant of God, he could rightfully ask for making a living from his ministry. Still, he chooses to serve instead of being served so he can reach more people.
Response: I have similar views on being paid to help lead worship (why should Christmas services be a payday?), but I feel I still lack Paul's zeal for evangelism.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Summary: Paul takes the Corinthians' own words and clarifies them. With regard to the cleanliness of food, he'd much rather not eat and not cause someone to stumble than persuade someone, even passively, to sin.
Response: Apparently this doublespeak has been happening for a while now and I'm just now noticing. Of course, it's not just about food; it's different for each person. I pray God shows me how I might choose more carefully what I do, buy, and say that He can do better work through me.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Response: I'm... not entirely sure I agree with Paul. I think the circumstances are a part of his opinion, namely that time is short. He views marriage as a way to sex so you don't find it elsewhere; of course, that's a great part of it, but it's not the only thing. I enjoy my wife's company, and it's great to do things and have things together we couldn't do alone (including, eventually, children!). Again, it's possible I'm reading his opinion wrong. Maybe he's thinking that this is another excuse for people: yeah, I'll serve, but let me marry or divorce first. And I know I'm guilty of that procrastination. Hopefully this new job will give me ways to minister.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Response: There is a difference between being wrecked and being used. I clean on occasion for my church, and I have to constantly remind myself of this as I vacuum the same floors for the umpteenth time. It is good that people, even people who don't know how to behave in church, come through the doors. That is how we all came to be saved. But what Paul finds is not use, but wreckage by Christians who should know better. I find it comforting that I'm not the only one who has stumbled, but I know that Paul calls me, too, to keep myself, my body and actions and attitudes, to a high standard. I don't vacuum because people like clean floors. The church I visited yesterday didn't lack worshippers on the chancel because they didn't like a particular setup. We hold parts of our churches sacred to show reverence to our Creator, and Paul calls me to hold my body and mind to that same standard.
Summary: Here, I'll put what happened/what was said into my own words. Strictly exegesis.
Response: Here, I'll give my opinion/response/argument on the chapter. Is less structured.
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