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  • All Things to All Men | Part 6: A Couple More Parallel Passages January 9, 2015 Ryan MartinThis post will complete the series I have been slowly working through after beginning it a couple months ago. As I oft reminded you, Paul’s words in 1 Cor 9:19-23 have been used to justify a “anything goes” approach to evangelism. In verse 22 we especially see the potential for abuse, where Paul writes, “I have become ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 5: What the Passage Means (vv22-23) December 11, 2014 Ryan MartinIn 1 Cor 9:22, Paul says, “I have become all things to all men that by all means I might save some.” This should not be seen as a declaration of ministry pragmatism, but a rhetorically powerful restatement of the great depths of slavery Paul embraced to make Christ known to all men. Indeed, one could very ...
  • A Psalm for Giving Thanks November 27, 2014 Ryan MartinThis setting of Psalm 100 to “Old Hundredth” was composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The conductor is Sir David WIllcocks and the organist is Stephen Krahn. Also featured are the Abendmusik Chorus and Plymouth Brass.
  • All Things to All Men | Part 4: What the Passage Means (vv21-22) November 13, 2014 Ryan MartinI am writing a series of posts on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, in particular his comment in verse 22, “I have become all things to all people.” The first post in the series looked at the broader context in chapters 8 and 9. Then I explored some interpretative principles in Paul’s greater writings that ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 3: What the Passage Means (vv19-20) October 30, 2014 Ryan MartinIn 1 Cor 9:22, Paul writes, “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” This is series on the meaning of 1 Cor 9:19-23, and those words in particular. In the first post, I introduced the problematic way many evangelicals and missiologists interpret this passage. Many understand this ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 2: Interpretative Principles October 16, 2014 Ryan MartinBefore us are Paul’s words to the Corinthians in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23: For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under ...
  • All Things to All Men | Part 1: The Context October 2, 2014 Ryan Martin“I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 1 Cor 9:22. This verse, and the verses surrounding it (1 Cor 9:19-23), are what some church leaders consider “the Magna Carta of contextualization.” These words of Paul toward the end of the ninth chapter of 1 Corinthians have been used to justify all ...
  • Christian Worship is Trinitarian September 4, 2014 Ryan MartinThe Christian faith is Trinitarian. We worship the one God in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One of the ways we rightly respond to the truth of the doctrine that God is one and three is that we as Christian congregations worship that Triune God. Indeed, our worship should be Trinitarian. Our worship should be Trinitarian in ...
  • Knowledge Puffs Up August 21, 2014 Ryan MartinLove edifies. It builds up others. When Christians love other believers, they take concrete steps to help them spiritually. When God loves his people, he acts on that love by transforming us into people who glorify him (through justification and sanctification and the other benefits of our calling in Christ). Love looks similar in our own ...
  • Prayer to a Sovereign God July 24, 2014 Ryan MartinIn Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of prayer: And the land that was desolate ...