Read I Corinthians 1.18-31

                For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”

                Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

                Consider your own call, brothers and sisters: not many of you were wise by human standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, things that are not, to reduce to nothing things that are, so that no one might boast in the presence of God. He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption, in order that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”


From Rev. Kevin M. Snow, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Huntington,

and Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults

Paul’s letter to a divided church in Corinth addresses several problems. In the first chapter alone, we are presented with two: One regarding baptism and authority. The other (today’s text) surrounding issues of worldly and divine wisdom. Let us be clear; it is not Paul’s intention for us to abandon or devalue wisdom. We are not required to “leave our brain at the door” when we enter into the spiritual realm. Faith and reason support and enrich one another, and do not contradict one another, as is often suggested. Instead, Paul is writing against the understanding that a singular wisdom alone holds the correct understanding of salvation. We often believe we must think the right way (our way) and practice the correct way (also our way) to experience God’s redemption. Over and above this way of worldly thinking, Paul sets the power of the cross. A power that liberates instead of shackling. A power that offers freedom instead of limitation. A power that makes no rational sense, but overcomes sin and transforms the world counter to what our understanding would expect.

Patient God, through mystery and wonder,

through knowledge and understanding, through experience and shared tradition,

help us experience the power of your death and resurrection,

that we may deepen and transform the world, and ourselves,

in unlimited ways with your grace and peace.