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Love: The Corinthians and Us

This is the third in a series on Christian love. You can read the previous post here: Love: The Point of 1 Corinthians. You wouldn’t think modern American would have much in common with ancient Corinth, but it does. Indeed, once you strip away the obvious differences of technology, language, and custom, the similarities are striking. Like America, Corinth rose quickly from humble beginnings to great heights. Corinth was largely uninhabited when Julius Caesar established her as a Roman Colony in 44 BC. But in less than a century, she would eclipse iconic Athens, just fifty miles away, as the leading political and economic power in Greece.* Like America, Corinth was known as a land of opportunity. With...

Love: The Corinthians and Us
posted on: Jun 5, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Love: The Point of 1Corinthians.

This is the second in a series on Christian love. You can read the first post here: The Endless Quest for Love. Love is something we tend to think of in sentimental terms, as though it were dessert after the meat and potatoes of life. God wants us to see that love is the meat and potatoes of life, as well as the dessert. Accordingly, Paul’s great meditation on Christian love is part of a much longer letter written to a fledgling church facing significant troubles within and tremendous odds without. Paul spends most of the letter talking to the Corinthians about how they are cannibalizing themselves spiritually speaking. Their only hope is the one thing they haven’t tried:...

posted on: May 22, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The First Characteristic of Great Faith (Mat 15.21-38)....

For the context and setup for this post, read Believe and Eat! Like the Centurion of Mat 8.5-13, the woman of Canaan exemplifies the faith Israel should have had but didn’t. Not even the disciples exhibited the kind of faith these two unlikely Gentiles did. (See Mat 15.32-33.) Jesus says the woman’s faith is “great.” (Mat 15.28.) She had the kind of faith every disciple should aspire to have. Let’s take a look at the characteristics of her faith, to see what comprises “great faith.” The first characteristic of great faith is that it comes to Jesus and worships Him. (Mat 15.22, 25.) This is the cornerstone for all the rest. Great faith acts, and this is its fundamental action. Note that the woman comes to...

The First Characteristic of Great Faith (Mat 15.21-38).
posted on: Apr 2, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

The Endless Quest for Love

If there is anything the world is convinced of, it is that happiness depends on loving and being loved. If there is anything the world pursues – in romance, in friendship, in family – it is love. Why then is there so much unhappiness and so little love? C. S. Lewis famously observed that without God’s love, all human loves fall of their own weight.[1] They become twisted out of shape. They fail to live up to their name and to deliver what they promise. Familial love, famous for its comfortableness, acceptance, and devotion, is also famous for its presumption, rudeness, and manipulativeness. We all know our tendency to treat worst the ones we love most. We treat...

The Endless Quest for Love
posted on: Mar 7, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Fervency!

“Remember, it is the remark of old and experienced men, that very few men, and very few ministers, keep up to the end the edge that was on their spirit at the first.”  -Andrew Bonar (Diary and Letters,...

Fervency!
posted on: Jan 26, 2013 | author: Alan Burrow

Love Does Not Envy – part 2 (1Cor 13.4)

FaithWorking radio – Love Does Not Envy – part 2 (1Cor 13.4) http://alanburrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/FaithWorking_Radio-Episode_10-Love_Does_Not_Envy-Part_2-1Cor13.4.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:00 — 12.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast intro Two of the gospels tell us that it was because of envy that Christ was crucified (Mat 27.18; Mark 15.10). That means envy was the main motivator in the wickedest act of human history, the judicial murder of the Son of God. This ought to serve as a wake up call to the seminally destructive role envy plays in human relations. It is no wonder that the first thing Paul says love does not do is envy. I hope you enjoy the radio show. Thanks for...

Love Does Not Envy – part 2 (1Cor 13.4)
posted on: Jun 7, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Love Does Not Envy – part 1 (1Cor 13.4)

FaithWorking radio – Love Does Not Envy – part 1 (1Cor 13.4) http://alanburrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/FaithWorking_Radio-Episode_9-Love_Does_Not_Envy-Part_1-1Cor13.4.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:00 — 12.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Podcast intro Two of the gospels tell us that it was because of envy that Christ was crucified (Mat 27.18; Mark 15.10). Get this – envy was the main motivator in the wickedest act of human history, the judicial murder of the Son of God. This ought to serve as a wake up call to the seminally destructive role envy plays in human relations. It is no wonder that the first thing Paul says love refuses to do is envy. I hope you enjoy the radio show. Thanks...

Love Does Not Envy – part 1 (1Cor 13.4)
posted on: May 31, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Love Is Kind – part 2 (1Cor 13.4)

FaithWorking radio – Love Is Kind – part 2 (1Cor 13.4) Kind is a small word with a big, biblical meaning. God’s kindness is that quality of his love that caused the God who did not need us to create us and then bind himself to us, first in creation and then supremely in redemption. In the kindness of his love, God has declared quite literally that he does not want to be blessed and joyous apart from us. God calls us, as his children, to display the same quality in our love for one another. I hope you enjoy the radio show. Thanks for listening. –Alan...

Love Is Kind – part 2 (1Cor 13.4)
posted on: May 24, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Love Is Kind – part 1 (1Cor 13.4)

FaithWorking radio – Love Is Kind – part 1 (1Cor 13.4) http://alanburrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/FaithWorking_Radio-Episode_7-Love_Is_Kind-Part_1-1Cor13.4.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:00 — 12.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Kind is a small word with a big, biblical meaning. God’s kindness is that quality of his love that caused the God who did not need us to create us and then bind himself to us, first in creation and then supremely in redemption. In the kindness of his love, God has declared quite literally that he does not want to be blessed and joyous apart from us. God calls us, as his children, to display the same quality in our love for one another. I hope you enjoy...

Love Is Kind – part 1 (1Cor 13.4)
posted on: May 17, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

Forgiveness

At Growth Group Wednesday night, we got into an interesting discussion on what it means to forgive. One of the things we talked about is whether forgiving means forgetting, and if so, in what sense? I later remembered that I had considered this issue when preaching on 1Cor 13.5, where Paul says, “Love thinks no evil,” or more literally, “Love does not count up wrongs suffered.” The Greek verb means to reckon up, as an accountant does with debts. But the verb also carries the idea of resentfulness. So the idea is that of a person who rehearses wrongs against them (real or imagined). This leads to woundedness and resentfulness. Paul uses the same verb in 2Cor 5.19...

Forgiveness
posted on: May 11, 2012 | author: Alan Burrow

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