The Special Case of Women Keeping Silent in the Church in 1 Corinthians

Jesus Without Baggage

A few weeks ago, in Blaming Paul for Things He Never Said, I mentioned that I was aware of 1 Corinthians 14:34-35 which has special issues and should be considered separately. My thought had to do with the church at Corinth being particularly disorderly and that perhaps Paul gave instruction to this church that was inconsistent with his usual regard for female leadership in the church.

However, one of my regular readers shared with me information of which I was unaware but that has a strong bearing here (thanks, Anca!). I would never question a passage in Paul’s authentic letters just because it is inconvenient, but the source was convincing and spurred me to investigate further which confirmed it—1 Corinthians 14:34-35 seems to be an interpolation.

Interpolation in the New Testament

An interpolation is material inserted into a book after the book is already in circulation and…

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God is in the restoration business! — Michelle Stokes

God is in the restoration business! Hallelujah!. God is in the healing business! THANK YOU JESUS! God’s divine nature is bigger then any can imagine! THAT IS WONDERFUL GOOD NEWS! man that makes me feel like dancing! ❤ I will open my lips and give God in the heavens my praises. I will sing songs […]

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Only God Our Defender Knows the Best Time to Intervene

My family in Christ, Psalm 22 begins with the psalmist’s exasperation at God’s failure to intervene:

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by nigh, but I find no rest” (vv. 1-2 NIV).

The psalmist, with the enemies surrounding them increasing in number, is ridiculed because their faith seems not to have resulted in any divine protection:

“All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. ‘He trusts in the LORD,’ they say, ‘let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him'” (vv. 7-8).

And yet, the psalmist understands that God their Defender will come at the time when He knows that His intervention will have the greatest impact: not only for the present generation, but also for those yet to come (vv. 24-31).

Even Though Our Words and ‘Wisdom’ May Fail, Our Unstoppable God Continues to Walk with Us!

“The community of faith never quite knows whether it has chosen or been chosen by God…Again and again it walks disconsolately to Emmaus and finds Another walking with it, interpreting its pain and rekindling its hope…Christ Jesus, in his dying and rising in the proclamation of the Church, is the guarantee, the pledge of our own beginning. But lest we should boast of our possessing him and use him to justify ourselves, we are brought by our sinfulness to rely on his grace alone…That is always the way it is: Christ is encountered, never explained. We can tell what has happened to us on our journey…[A]s the community of faith shares its story on the way, struggling to understand it, the one who has gone before us all unto death draws near and goes with us, and our failed explanations finally become prayer…” [1]

My family in Christ, I confess that this quote is taken from a chapter dealing with death. [2] However, I felt that it was something I needed to use: not because of some macabre musings, but in order to express our total reliance on God. I for one have been stuck for words recently, and although I have read a number of Bible passages in the past weeks, I have felt unable to write about them in a satifactory way – although they have helped a great deal to nurture my personal faith.

The above quote expresses that the failure to use words is actually quite a common occurence within the Church. But the frustration caused by our flawed human logic and inept grammatical knowledge does not necessarily mean (for example) a Christian blogger must stop blogging. For Christ Jesus, the One Whom the world thought had died on the cross, comes to revitalize us in our hour of need. Renewed by His friendship and love we can carry on with our missions and go forward in joy and confidence. Hallelujah!!!

Endnotes

[1] Holloway, Richard (1992) Anger, Sex, Doubt & Death. London: SPCK, pp. 106-107.

[2] For those of you who might be wondering Richard Holloway, the former Bishop of Edinburgh, unfortunately rejected Christianity later in life.

Restore Us O God — Restoration Theologian

The word “restoration” is found around 129 times in the Bible. The word implies that there is a standard, the standard has been changed, and that we should go back to the standard. The 80th Psalm is a prayer for restoration. The Psalmist recognized that the people had so sinned as to be punished and […]

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