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1 Corinthians 13-14 (On Prophecy and Tongues, Part 2)

Tongues in Acts I take the gift of tongues in Acts 2 to have been the miraculous ability to hear in one’s own tongue — and I don’t know whether the apostles spoke in multiple languages or that’s how God allowed them … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13-14 (On Prophecy and Tongues, Part 1)

One of great difficulties of interpreting chapters 11 – 14, is we really just aren’t that certain about what “prophecy” and “tongues” were. And the first step to a deeper understanding is admitting our lack of certainty. It’s been traditionally … Continue reading

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Leadership: Why Do Visitors Hate the Meet-and-Greet Time?

Thom Rainer is best-selling author and church growth consultant. Recently, he published some results of his research that shocked the evangelical world–it seems that church visitors hate — hate – the meet and greet. In an admittedly unscientific Twitter poll, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 5 (“maturity”)

Another possible reading of “that which is perfect” or teleios is “maturity.” However, the more general definition is — In the NT “perfect” is usually the tr[anslation] of teleios, primarily, “having reached the end” … L. Walker, “Perfect, Perfection,” ed. … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 4 (“abides”)

Faith after Jesus returns The argument that faith ends at the Second Coming is usually based on — (Heb 11:1 ESV) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. The idea is that … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 3 (“face to face”)

On the other hand, as clear as it seems to be that Paul is looking ahead to the Second Coming, Paul’s language leaves us to wonder what he means when he writes, (1Co 13:13 ESV)  So now faith, hope, and love … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 2 (miracles)

When Alexander Campbell wrote and preached in the early 1800s, he struggled against teachings of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and similar denominations that taught that the Spirit presently inspired believers at the same level as scripture. As a result, … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (that which is perfect), Part 1 (the Second Coming)

(1Co 13:8 ESV) Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. N. T. Wright gives the context, in particular, the fact that Paul now looks … Continue reading

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1 Corinthians 13:5b-7 (Love is …)

Insist on its own way Gormon’s study of Paul’s ethic concludes that love “seeks the good, the advantage, the edification of others. It is characterized by regard for them. Love, according to the apostle, is the dynamic, creative endeavor of … Continue reading

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Final Final Post on Inerrancy up at Wineskins

Just posted the final installment on inerrancy (morning espresso). I thought I was finished, but I wasn’t. You might find this one interesting. (It’s Jerry Starling’s fault, if you must know. He asked a question in the comments, which prompted … Continue reading

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