Communion or Common Union?

“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?” (1 Corinthians 10:16) Daniel Beard Listen to audio At Memorial season we cannot help but consider the importance of these words, communion or common union.  To have a strong unity requires common interest and experience that is based on a sure foundation. What is the basis of our union, our []

Barabbas and the Perfect Man

“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe.  And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!” (John 19:5) David Christiansen Listen to audio  Behold the man! That’s what Pilate said to the Jews, and in particular to the leaders of Israel, as they petitioned Pilate to put Jesus to death.  Behold the man! The chief priests and officers heard these words of Pilate.  They saw Jesus before them wearing a purple robe and a crown of thorns.  []

The Unity of the Body of Christ

“Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 (NIV) Tom Gilbert Listen to audio  This familiar Memorial text occurs in a context where the Apostle Paul is talking about the idolatry of Israel as they wandered 40 years in the desert.  He is encouraging the brethren to avoid Israel’s examples.  They literally and figuratively committed fornication with other peoples and their heathen gods.  They complained about the []