Here we can see some of Paul’s snarky genius peeking through. In his admonishment, he doesn’t shy away from leaning into the” so-called wisdom,” of Corinth and pointing out their foolishness. This reminds me of Jesus to the Pharisees when he calls them,” gods.” There is wisdom in his judgment of his people here. He makes it clear he is displeased with them while affirming and drawing attention to his right to bring judgment as a spiritual father. Yet his judgment is not the “the” judgment, and he warns them to listen to him before their mutual father exacts his wrath. Paul’s judgment is an admonition. It gives recourse and direction rather than finality. But it is not shy nor is it not flavorful. So often the pinnacle of Christian leadership is presented as soft and plain pleading. Paul is the polar opposite.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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