Re:Verse reading–1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (day Three)

Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles.

Let’s all spare one another the claims of how we’re big-time on board with Paul’s words: “Of course we’re on board!  It’s the Bible!”  Look, if we’re already on board with everything the Bible says, then we…really don’t need the Bible.  Come on.  Jesus punched holes in conservative theologians’ tests for purity and devotion, and found little worth conserving in the ways most people actually mapped out their spirituality.   He refused to lift a finger to build a sycophantic following, and his rejection of political finesse got him killed.  But we get it now, right?  We love him now, right?  Jesus pointed out our tendency to cherish prophets safely after the fact.  Paul gets in our faces here, declaring it’s time for a gut check.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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