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Back in 2010, before I began a formal book-by-book exegesis of Bible verses omitted from the three-year Lectionary used in public worship, I chose random verses about which to write based on sermons I’d read that week.

One of those is the next set of verses in 1 Corinthians (see last week’s entry here):

1 Corinthians 5:1-5 – incest, porneia, church discipline, indifference, sin

Paul has strong words for the Christians in Corinth who take pride in the incest that one of their prominent members commits.  Paul instructs them to publicly discipline this member for the health of the Church.

Given the subject matter, I’m not surprised the Lectionary editors never included it. After all, we wouldn’t want to offend anyone, would we?

Next week’s verses continue the same theme.

Next time — 1 Corinthians 5:9-13


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