Dr. Kenneth E. Bailey, Theology Matters, Posted Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Paul tells the Corinthians (4:6) that his intent in this letter is, (literally translated) “that you may learn in us not to go beyond that which is scripture….” The Presbyterian Logo, as you recall, has a dove descending on a book. Our Reformed tradition rests solidly on sola scriptura. Out of this heritage I am honored to be invited to reflect with you on what Paul has to say in I Corinthians 6:9-20.
My thirty-five years of concentrated study on 1 Corinthians has led me to the firm conclusion that Paul is deadly serious when he affirms in the opening of this epistle that he is writing “for the Corinthians” and for “all those in every place on whom is called the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” That is: This letter is for the Corinthians and all Christians. From John Chrysostom in the fourth century, through Bishr ibn al-Sari in the 9th century to John Calvin in the 16th century and beyond, there is concurrence that Paul means what he says. 1 Corinthians was indeed written to the Corinthians, but at the same time Paul was deliberately addressing the entire Church.
This long-endorsed understanding is greatly strengthened when we note that Paul’s letter presents five carefully constructed essays.
Planned Parenthood, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and abortion
Presbyterians Pro-Life blog, Posted Thursday, January 17, 2013
Wolf calls on religious leaders in West to speak out on behalf of persecuted Church globally
http://wolf.house.gov, Posted Tuesday, January 15, 2013