"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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Church at Corinth
Acts 18:1-4; 1 Corinthians 1:10-18 Commentary
by Mary Hinkle Shore
Together, the readings from Acts and 1 Corinthians offer a sense of Paul's mission through various phases.1
In these readings, we follow Paul from his entry into a town, through his work to establish a congregation, to his renewed preaching after he has left the community and questions or problems arise in the church he planted.
First, a community of Christians takes root. In Acts 18, Paul makes his way from Athens to Corinth. The pattern here looks a lot like the one we saw in Thessalonica, Beroea and Athens (cf. Acts 17) and that we will see in Ephesus (cf. Acts 19:1-10). The general pattern is this: Paul goes to a new place and finds his way to a synagogue on the Sabbath, where he discusses (or argues) with his fellow Jews about the news that Jesus is the Messiah. The response to this news is mixed. Some who hear him believe what he is saying; others reject his news. In both instances -- that is, whether Paul's message meets with acceptance or rejection -- God reassures Paul and the apostle continues his work.
The story of Paul's entry into Corinth and his church-planting there adds a few ...
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May 10, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for May 10, 2020, (Church at Corinth) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded on May 1, 2020, via Zoom for Working Preacher.