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Homiletics 101

How does the art of preaching work?
Here is a lesson from Paul (1 Corinthians 2:1-16):
– Do not use big words.
– Forget everything except Jesus Christ and especially his death on the cross.
– Do not deliver your teaching and message with skillful words of human wisdom.
– Allow room for convincing proof of the power of God’s Spirit.
– Yet DO proclaim a message of wisdom to those who are spiritually mature.
– Accept that it is only our own spirit within us that knows all about us; in the same way, only God’s Spirit knows all about God.

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Fides quaerens intellectum

Paul knows: “God purposely chose what the world considers nonsense in order to shame the wise, and he chose what the world considers weak in order to shame the powerful.”
Faith cannot be argued for or achieved through a thought process. But faith seeks understanding and rational expression once found, as Anselm of Canterbury put it.

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What makes a Christian?

There is totally no reason for being proud of being a Christian. As a matter of fact the term started out as a swear word that was first applied to this particular Jewish sect in Antioch (Acts 11:26).
Paul struggles with the congregation in Corinth because one says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Peter”; and another, “I follow Christ.”
“Christian” is a very limited term that only refers to the second person of the Holy Trinity, omitting the Father and the Holy Spirit, yet rightfully focusing on the center. What do you think makes a Christian?

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1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Today’s Reading is 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.
Since today happens to be Valentine’s Day it is tempting to read “love” as “eros” as in the Song of Songs. Here the Greek word is ἀγάπη (agápē). King James even tried to moralize it but translating it as charity.

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1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Today’s Reading is 1 Corinthians 12:12-31.
Two brief observations: “Christ Has No Hands But Ours”.
And: “In the church God has put all in place.”
Oh, and then there is the Cartman Song Lyrics as well.