Imitation and Power: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 4.14-21

Devotional/Reflection: Growing up we often have heroes. Maybe yours, like mine, were sports figures. I remember during my 4th through 8th grade years living in the north suburbs of Chicago while Michael Jordan and the Bulls dominated the competition. Around the same time, Gatorade created a commercial campaign that reminded us that we all wanted to … Continue reading Imitation and Power: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 4.14-21

The Identity of the Judge: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 4.1-13

  Devotional/Reflection: Have you ever asked someone else to give a truly honest opinion about what they think of you? Have you ever had someone give an anonymous survey about what they think of you? I remember reading some of my first teacher evaluations and seeing the ratings and comments from students. Let’s just say that … Continue reading The Identity of the Judge: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 4.1-13

Fleshly People and the Foolishness of Factions in the Church: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 3.1-23

  Devotional/Reflection: I recently saw a picture of a fight between two professional baseball players, Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon. Unlike many baseball fights, this was not between members of opposing teams; rather, these two were on the same team. One guy was pitching poorly but trying hard (or so it seemed); the other guy was playing amazingly … Continue reading Fleshly People and the Foolishness of Factions in the Church: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 3.1-23

Unity: A War for the Ages: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 2.6-16

Devotional/Reflection: The problem of division in the Corinthian church is not only an issue of pride, as chapter one suggested, but it is also an issue of identity. Too often Christians struggle with finding our identity in things on the periphery. Maybe you have witnessed, as I have, divisions among Christian brothers and sisters over secondary … Continue reading Unity: A War for the Ages: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 2.6-16

Pride and the Foolishness of Man: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 1.25-2.5

    Devotional/Reflection: G. K. Chesterton once wrote: “If I had only one sermon to preach, it would be a sermon against Pride. The more I see of existence, and especially of modern practical and experimental existence, the more I am convinced of the reality of the old religious thesis; that all evil began with some … Continue reading Pride and the Foolishness of Man: A Devotional on 1 Corinthians 1.25-2.5