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That time the Apostle Paul talked about unpresentable parts

15 Aug

I really think there was a twinkle in his eye.  He wasn’t there when they read the letter, so I have to imagine that twinkle, and the corners of his mouth turning up as he grinned to himself thinking about when they would read this. They would get the letter, gather the group of followers of Jesus together in the house where they would meet and some would read it out loud.

Were there snickers among the group when the reader got to this part?

“[T]hose parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.”

Maybe I’m reading too much into it.  But with all the possible analogies in this life Paul could have used, he chose that one, and I for one find it humorous.  More importantly, Paul’s image of the church as the body of Christ is filled with images of unity in diversity.body-of-christ

As we think about that group of people we call our local church or our home church, would you say that yours is filled with diversity?  Faith Church has loads of it.  Not just the obvious differences like gender and generations, but also personality types, stations in life, experiences, and perspectives.  We are human. So alike, and yet so unique.  In the church we also see diversity in the varied spiritual gifts.

Because ours is a culture of celebrity, we love to put people with certain looks and talents in the place of honor.  Even though those celebrities are human just like the rest of us, we can start to believe that they are better.  They’re really not, but we treat them that way.  This is a widespread tendency in our world, and it goes on in the church.  We talked about a version of this in the beginning of the 1st Corinthians series when people were taking sides by aligning themselves with BNPs…Big Name Preachers.  Now Paul is talking about how people in the church of Corinth are elevating people with certain gifts.

Some of the spiritual gifts are very visible.  The pastor is front and center, especially by preaching the sermon every week.  This is similar to the worship leader or the teacher.  Then there are the gifts of tongues and prophecy which are very attention-getting.  In Corinth it seems the tongues-speakers and prophesiers were placing themselves in the limelight during worship gatherings.

Are people with certain gifts better?  Are certain gifts better?  And how does talking about unpresentable parts help us answer these questions?

Join us Sunday at Faith Church as we discuss this further!  In the meantime read 1 Cor. 12:12-31, the passage we’ll be studying, to get further acquainted with what Paul was thinking.

Big Name Preachers we love!

17 Jan

So who is your favorite Big Name Preacher???

Do you listen to any Big Name Preachers (BNPs) on TV?  Radio?  Online?  Podcasts?

I hear people talking about Joyce Meyer, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore and Charles Stanley.  A lot people have said they really like his son, Andy, too.  Who do you like?  I recently heard of a BNP called Bishop Noel Jones, and I checked out a sermon online…wow!  It was great.  I found this list of the 25 most influential BNPs of the last 25 years.  How could I forget Billy Graham?  He’s the biggest BNP of all.  When I first became pastor, and we were having the church’s outdoor sign changed to reflect the pastoral change, I thought it might be fun to put Billy Graham’s name on there!  In the end we decided not to include a name.  I’m not a BNP, but I sure do like some of them.

I used to listen to the Mars Hill Podcast faithfully.  NOT the one in Seattle, mind you, where you where BNP Mark Driscoll preaches.  I can’t stand Driscoll.  Maybe we should also discuss the BNPs we don’t like!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  But I love Rob Bell, the guy who preached most of the time on the Mars Hill (Grand Rapids) podcast a couple years ago.  There were a lot of weeks that he was not preaching, and that kinda bugged me.  But one time, he preached the whole sermon while people were up on stage building with Legos!  Awesome.  I was so disappointed when he left Mars Hill Grand Rapids!.  So I don’t listen to that podcast anymore.

I also LOVE Ravi Zacharias.  I first heard him preach at Urbana in 1993, and I was blown away.  Pretty much all the other BNPs there were crap, but Ravi…wow.  We were hanging on his every word, and when he was done, we wanted him to continue.  Forget the other preachers and music…get Ravi back on rocking the pulpit.  So I got a copy of that message, and I bet you I have listened to it at least 100 times.  I’ve heard him preach a few more times in person since, and I have listened to tons of his sermons online.  He is the bomb.  He brings it.  He nails it.

So I guess you could say I am of Rob Bell and Ravi Zacharias.

Which BNPS are you of?

PS – Ever heard of Apollos? Cephas?  I heard some people really liked those BNPs too.  More about that on Sunday!  Join us at Faith Church for more on BNPs.