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Looking Toward Sunday, January 31, 2021

I would be lying if I claimed not to have been called a “smarty pants” more than once in my life. For as long as I remember, I have been a learner, with a burning desire to be right. So this week’s scripture, part of a letter from the apostle Paul to the church in Corinth, is rather indicting. It’s a wacky passage in which Paul responds Dear-Abby-style to a question about whether or not it’s okay to eat the meat that had been sacrificed to idols as part of a pagan ritual. Sure, we know (and a lot of the early church believers knew too) that there’s no special powers belonging to the meat once offered to a Zeus doll, but Paul gently advises the community to refrain from eating it anyway. It turns out that knowing what’s right and doing what’s right aren’t always the same. Join us as we contemplate how to “know better.”

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Reflection: “Know Better”

I look forward to digging into this quirky passage with you. In peace,