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Varieties of Gifts: 1 Corinthians 12

In Summary: Spiritual gifts. Oh boy. Here we go, down the rabbit hole into strange behaviors that people blame God for—which are not spiritual gifts at all but just people acting strange.
So, let us look at 1 Corinthians 12 and try to actually understand what Paul is talking about here, because otherwise we’re going to get deep in the weeds and have a very difficult time getting back. One portion of the context to keep in mind is that both letters to the Corinthians are clearly written to a church with a much higher level of dysfunction than is healthy. Ephesus had troubles and so did Rome, Thessalonica had its difficulties and Colossae its heresy, but Corinth seems to have had the most wrong at the same time. (Except maybe the churches of Galatia, but “better off than the foolish, bewitched Galatians” isn’t exactly high praise.)
Given that background, the summary of 1 Corinthians needs to be read as corrective prescription rather than a positive how-to manual. Each gift that is menti…

Sermon Recap for August 13

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Good afternoon!

Today, you'll find yesterday morning's sermon and last night's Peru trip slideshow. I'm still waiting on a good video cut of our nine baptisms yesterday, but those will likely get their own post.









The background music for the slideshow is Christy Nockel's "My Anchor." I first heard that song on the trip to Peru, and overall it spoke clearly about how to hold it together those couple of weeks.


Imitators of Christ: 1 Corinthians 11

In Summary:1 Corinthians 11 contains some interesting and challenging passages. We get, for example, the culturally relevant (at the time) instructions about head-coverings and hair length. Most likely, one could write several pages trying to address that issue and how it works out in modern times. I would suggest that it also works out differently in differing cultures, but we will not thread that needle here and now. Grab a good, modern commentary on 1 Corinthians (I like the Teach the Text volume from Preben Vang) and consult a few experts.The other primary theme of this chapter addresses the Lord’s Supper. Or, Communion, for those of you whose tradition uses that title. Paul addresses the habit of the Corinthian church when they got together for worship. At the time, it appears that the church had a significant problem with their worship gatherings. The church would gather, but then behave as if they were just there for themselves. Some of what we understand about the early church…

Sermon Recap August 6

Well, we had something go wrong with the video camera this week, so there’s no video to share. The audio came through fine, so that’s what we’ve got. There’s nothing in the way of outline, either, because I did it by hand this week.Maybe next week I’ll have more blog-worthy sermons :)

Sermon Recap for July 23 and 30

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Well, out of personal privilege, you're going to get July 30 first. Why? It's my sermon, that's why. Brad and Walter handled the Sunday I was in Peru, and theirs are here, too.

I'll go you one better: first you'll get the audio player, which I still haven't figured out how to configure to prefer one sermon over another, so you can click "next" to get to whomever you're looking for. If you, too, can't find what you're looking for, it's there. Run through all the fields in the player.





Now, on to the videos:






Headed to Peru

Well, it’s that time again this year. I’m headed off to Huanaco, Peru, with a team from the church. We’ll be gone for about 2 weeks. (No, I’m not posting about an empty house. Everybody else is at home. Armed to the teeth, if necessary.)If you would, pray for us. It’s a long haul of flights and there have been some changes where we’re going—so we don’t know exactly what we’re getting into. It will be good, but we’re basically going prepared to do “anything.” I’m not the world’s biggest fan of flying, so that aspect is always nerve-wracking. The other aspect is that this year, unlike last year, I’m responsible for five other people. Everybody’s an adult, so it’s not a “legal” responsibility. It’s just an ethical one: if something goes wrong, I’m the one who got them into this. Not a major issue. Unless we don’t get Joel to the Avianca counter in Lima quick enough on Tuesday morning and we have to navigate getting him a replacement ticket in Spanish…then it might be interesting.Meanwhil…

Sermon Recap for July 16

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Good morning!

Before I jet off to Peru, here are the sermons from yesterday. There's an audio player where you can select a sermon to listen to, then there are the two video links to YouTube. Then there are the outlines. When I get back, I'll try to get the baptism video put up. (Yes, the "audio" player looks like a giant video. It's not. Just an audio. Click on "More Episodes" to get the different sermons.)

Doug








Passage: Acts 2:38-47
Context:
Establishment of the church; Preaching on Pentecost; Apostles holding up the Word
Overview:
NEED for JesusForgiveness for AllLord and Messiah!Then….
Reflections:
The purposes of the church: learning about Jesus, drawing together, worship, and prayer!
Expectations:

come to ChristCommit to growBuild fellowshipWorship fullyPray constantly
Passage:
Acts 2:1-13
Context:
Preaching at Pentecost
Overview:
We need Jesus God will work that we come to Christ No boundaries for the Gospel Tongue speaking
Reflections:
Pray and se…