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  • Ron Thomas 10:00 am on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply
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    The first article on women in Corinthians is here.

    Later in this epistle, Paul plainly state that in the assembly the women are not to speak, but they are to keep silent (14:34-35). This has caused no small controversy in today’s environment. In fact, there are many men and women who reject outright what the Holy Spirit said through the apostle Paul.

    What are we to understand in the context?

    First, starting in v. 26, Paul speaks with regard to them β€œcoming together.” This is an occasion for the church in Corinth to assemble. Second, there is something relative to this assembly that allows the exercise of the supernatural gifts of God to be utilized (14:26-31). Third, the gifts of God can be controlled by the one (or the ones) who have them (14:32). Fourth, that which is done is to be done decently and in order (14:32-33). Fifth, in this context, the women are to keep silent, that is, they are not authorized by the Holy Spirit to teach. The next verse (14:35) is difficult, but I think the idea is along this line: since the assembly is gathered together, and there is teaching done, it might be that the wife/woman does not understand what is being said/taught. In this context, rather than disrupting the assembly (how this would be done is unstated), she is to speak with her husband about it at home.

    • docmgphillips 11:12 am on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply

      Are the women “preachers” who violate this any more to blame than the men who allow it?

      • Ron Thomas 12:01 pm on 2014-09-20 Permalink | Reply

        Amen! On Sep 20, 2014 11:12 AM, “The Fellowship Room” wrote:


  • J. Randal Matheny 1:11 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply
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    Where talent lies 

    Teaching, says my wife, is my best gift. She usually says this after a sermon of mine.

    A friend some years back told me, after listening to a lesson of mine, that writing was my talent.

    So I get the feeling that my talent is what I’m not doing right then. πŸ™‚

    Seriously, the Lord has given me several gifts. I seek to use them for his honor. The ego would snatch them for its own glory. But the Lord knows how to knock the ego down to size.

    Teaching and writing, then, with a bit of editing and some encouraging thrown in. Glory to God!

    • John Henson 2:13 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve really agonized over this nudge all morning. What I’ve written I haven’t posted because it just feels like it’s too much information. I do like what you’ve done here, brother. Especialy the last three words. I’m just a little uncomfortable in relating this the way I’d like to.

      • J. Randal Matheny 2:26 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

        John, I understand, I think, what you’re saying, and I share that reluctance, if I’m reading you right. It’s a healthy thing. I like what Ron wrote about humility. When we recognize that our talents are gifts from God, there’s no place for pride. Gratitude for God’s gifts includes “counting our blessings,” a part of which are those abilities he’s entrusted to us for the progress of the gospel. Paul could say with all modesty, “I think I have the Spirit of God.” No brag, just thanksgiving.

    • Richard Mansel 2:16 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      I think you are very talented at ideas, leadership and editing. I am honored to work with you.

      • J. Randal Matheny 2:27 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, brother, laboring side by side with you and the others here brings me immeasurable joy.

    • Mike Hughes 7:35 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve never posted here before, so If I’m not following protocol, let me know. I like the question, “what is my best talent” or something to that effect.
      I like to think of myself as a people person, being in the middle of a discussion or leading it for that matter, surrounded by like mined folks or even those that are not quite in the same field with the topic at hand. I don’t like to argue, but I do like to discuss and persuade. So, maybe I’m good at teaching. I like to think, given the chance, I’d be pretty good a preaching the word. I also think I’m pretty good at “service” type missions, like raking the yard of a retired lady or helping clean out the fence row. My wife says I need to be more service oriented toward my own home! It’s work at home, it’s service at the widows house…ha.
      God bless us everyone.

      • J. Randal Matheny 7:39 pm on 2010-04-07 Permalink | Reply

        Good to see your comment here, Mike. Ya done good. Yup, middle of a discussion, that’s you. πŸ˜‰

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