In his commentary on 1 Corinthians in the Interpretation series, Richard Hays points out Paul’s strategy in addressing the concerns of the Corinthian church in 1 Cor.
His summary and takeaway is insightful for those who teach, preach, or evangelize:
…it is striking that Paul takes up the Corinthians’ concerns [in 7:1-15:58] only after writing the lengthy discussion of chapters 1-6, in which he calls for unity, reasserts his authority, forcefully scolds the community, and calls them to new standards of holiness and community discipline. Plainly, he is not content to allow the Corinthians’ concerns to set the agenda. He addresses their questions only after carefully rebuilding the foundation upon which he believes answers must be based. This strategy allows him, as we shall see, to reframe the issues; he calls repeatedly for the Corinthian community to be re-socialized into a pattern shaped by the gospel of the cross and illuminated by the eschatological setting of the church between cross and the final day of the Lord. Teachers and preachers may find Paul’s example instructive: It is not necessarily wise to begin “where the people are.” The teacher who does so may find it impossible to move the students to any other place. Of course, the students’ questions must be engaged–as Paul’s example shows–but that engagement will be most fruitful if the groundwork of the gospel has first been laid out clearly.
Richard Hays, 1 Corinthians, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Preaching and Teaching (Louisville: John Knox Press 1997), 111.
The Boyds have entered a new phase of life: that of doing campus ministry in Houston, Texas.
Last year, I accepted the invitation from the Church of Christ Student Foundation to be the campus minister for The Point, a.k.a. “Coogs for Christ” at the University of Houston.
There are many exciting, missional reasons I accepted this opportunity. I hope to unpack some of them in separate, future blog posts. The work seems to be going well so far, and the missionary field of the campus is almost always ripe.
More on all of it soon.
We recently visited Europe for two weeks: one week in Paris, and one week split between Florence and Rome. Here are 90+ photographs that captured a lot of what we experienced throughout our travels. More photos and reflections to come, perhaps. Enjoy!
Arch of Titus! Click the picture to pass through the arch and view the whole album.
The structure of Acts, most scholars agree, is grounded in Jesus’ promise and command in Acts 1:8: “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Luke incorporates this as a programmatic statement for the second volume of his series. The overall structure of Acts remains perplexing, though, even with common ground of 1:8. To further analyze Acts’ structure, one should consider several major factors for starters: (1) the meaning of “εως εσχατου της γης” in Acts 1:8, (2) the Isaianic influence on Lucan writings, (3) the narrative flow of Luke-Acts, (4) the successful mission to the Jews first as fulfillment of scripture, and (5) the role of Samaria in the program.
To continue reading, click this link: Boyd – Structure of Acts
Jonah 3 Exegetical Paper – Clint Boyd
Above is a link to my second exegetical paper, written for a course on the Minor Prophets. I chose the passage based on my long-standing interest in God’s foreknowledge and immutability (and other topics generally associated with Reformed/Calvinist circles). Jonah 3:9-10 was of particular interest to me in this paper, but the I tried to cover the whole chapter. Of course, this paper only skims the surface, for Jonah is a wonderfully written and deep story, however short it may seem.
Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, God Almighty!
It was in the prison cell that her dad cried out to God and was strengthened.
We don’t have to go to jail to be true believers, maybe, but just how much do we suffer for the sake of the Kingdom? I’m not the toughest Joe out there, but I want to be, for God’s sake. Yet, God’s power is made perfect in our weakness.
He wants you to depend on Him for things, not trust in bank accounts, lottery, retirement plans, school loans, and whatever else we hope for. Have hopes, but have hopes for the right things, I feel I should tell you and myself.
A wise man told me that when you’ve been a Christian for a while, there isn’t a whole lot of new information under the sun you need to learn: we just need to be reminded and told with conviction, like that we see in this video. We don’t need master a lot of things; we need to be mastered by a few very great things.