Happy weekend! I am a little bit weary and unfocused, so I’m not going to say vast amounts.
I finally finished reading “Gnostic America.” I’m glad that is behind me. It is a highly useful book, but a discouraging read. I will probably do a review of it on Amazon and GoodReads sooner or later. Not today or tomorrow or Sunday.
I’m much more interested in convincing people to log into http://celebration.lmstapp.com/ and leave messages and pictures to help a certain lady celebrate her 90th birthday!
Baronelle Stutzman is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Washington state. When a long-time customer asked her to make a special floral arrangement celebrating gay marriage, she refused. The customer, along with help from the State’s Attorney General and the ACLU filed a challenge. Last month, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that Stutzman could indeed be forced to make such an arrangement, and punishment for refusing includes paying fines and attorney fees. Alliance Defending Freedom is defending Stutzman, and have appealed to the United States Supreme Court. ADF Counsel Kerri Kupec joins moderator Kip Allen to discuss this case and the other religious liberty cases in the court systems. Learn more about ADF at adflegal.org.
It’s true, we do take our time in studying God’s Word. It’s a treasure. It’s a delight. It’s a joy, well worth our time. We can snicker at ourselves when others tease us, saying things like, “By the time you finish going through I Corinthians, you’ve also read the entire rest of the Bible in that Sunday school class!”
Here’s what we did today:
A Quick Review of Where We’ve Been over the Last Few Weeks? Months?
1 Corinthians 1:20–25 (RSV)
20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
A book I’m reading, “Gnostic America” by Peter Burfeind, underscores how similar 1st-century Corinth and 21st-century United States really are. I can’t say that I’m enjoying the book, but I’m glad I’m reading it. How can you NOT get something out of a book when the website for the book uses phrases like “Medieval-Gnostic perversion of Christian theology”?
1 Corinthians 1:26 (RSV)
26 For consider your call, brethren; not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth;