I’m putting together my exegetical notes for 1 Corinthians for the end of year essay. Currently I’m doing 1:1-2:5. The main theme here is that the Corinthians are obsessed with following and identifying with leaders who display the standard leadership requirements of a 1st century Corinthian public speaker – human wisdom, powerful speaking, self confidence etc. So Paul spends a whole bunch of time showing that God’s wisdom seems foolish to human wisdom etc.
But the thing that struck me is this: the nature of the message shapes the nature of the messenger.
We really have a spectacularly stupid message. The executed conquerer who saves and rules the world. In fact, it gets even more stupid when we add “2000 years ago”
This effects our concept of apologetics. This effects the Sydney Evangelical confidence an a securely put-together and founded message that is really quite sensible if only we could get the chance to tell people about it. Tell it stupid, tell it proud, let God’s spirit do the work.
I wrote this in 2 minutes. Anybody got better-thought-out thoughts on this?