Thoughts from I Corinthians 2 – Speaking Ability and Proclaiming Christ

Paul reminds the Corinthians that when he was first among them, he did not preach the gospel news about Jesus with clever tactics of oratory. Because Corinth was historically a Greek city, and because the Greek Philosophers and their descendents prized polished speaking ability, some of the Corinthians thought Paul should be using those clever forms of communication when preaching…

Respectful-love: The Christian Version of Tolerance Part II

Not long ago, the word ‘tolerance’ meant ‘bearing’ or ‘putting up with someone or something not especially liked’. Now, however, the word has been redefined to mean ‘all values, all beliefs, all lifestyles, all truth claims are equal’. Denying this logic brands a person as ‘intolerant’, and thus worthy of contempt. However, what the person means by saying, “You must…

Respectful-love: The Christian Version of Tolerance Part I

An ancient maxim reads, “About matters of taste, there is no disputing,” while another one advises, “About matters of truth, we should engage in dispute.” These two sayings nicely capture the essence of the solution to the contemporary problem of tolerance and truth. On the one hand, we hear much in public discourse about the need for tolerance, usually presented…

Is the Bible worth reading today?

It seems a bit odd in this day and age to read something as old as the Bible. It was written so long ago that many wonder how reading it in the twenty-first century could ever be of any benefit. But here are a few reasons why all people should consider reading the Bible. First, it is the most banned…