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Grew up in farm and ranch life about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, Texas near the small community of Perrin. Did undergraduate degree at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas (BA, 1964) and masters (MDiv, 1968) / doctorate (ThD, 1975) at Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth. Taught Koine Greek and New Testament at SWBTS 1974-1997. Then taught at Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, NC (1998-2008). Pastored the IBC Baptist Church in Cologne Germany (2008-2010) before retiring and moving to Santa Ana, Costa Rica, where Claire and I lived from 2010 to 2015. In December 2015 we moved to the Baptist Retirement Community in San Angelo, Texas where we now live.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Περὶ δὲ τῶν πνευματικῶν in 1 Cor. 12-14.

What about the issue of τῶν πνευματικῶν? In First Corinthians 12-14, the apostle Paul critically evaluates the abuse of and twisted teachng about τῶν πνευματικῶν in the mid first century Corinthian Christian community. This church had adopted pagan Greek thinking out of their background in the city and considered it superior to the apostolic Gospel that Paul was preaching. Consequently, a fist full of destructive problems exploded in the church and threatened to ruin it and the Gospel witness to the city. In the letter body of First Corinthians Paul confronts these probloems head on with both compassion and uncompromizing bluntness. Relations with the church became severely strained but Paul stood his ground for the authentic Gospel over against a watered down twisted version based more on contemporary culture rather than divine revelaton. Modern Christianity has much to learn from the apostle Paul! The 85 page overview of these chapters in volume 37 of the BIC commentary provides new insight into the issues at Corinth and how they relate to the modern world.