When Paul came to Corinth he found a culture emerging from the ashes of Roman power. As Julius Caesar rebuilt the fallen city he brought Roman culture to this Greek community. Likewise, Paul's message of salvation in Jesus rebuilt the fallen lives of people dominated by a culture of power. This power was displayed in violence, discrimination, sexuality, and spirituality. As this city emerged from the ashes of humiliation the church emerged, by God's hand, from of the humiliation of Jesus and the cross.
Today the church emerges in a culture of power, humiliation, and fear. Paul's challenge for the church is to be mature and practice unconditional love. This love is permanent. This love develops and empowers others. This love causes us to be in relationship with God and others. Through this love God's people see face to face. The church can emerge to radiate love, peace, and empowerment.
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About the Author
Ron Clark is the lead church planter for the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, Oregon where he is active in community organizations in domestic violence, sexual assault, and homeless issues. He is the author of Setting the Captives Free: A Christian Theology of Domestic Violence.
Table of Contents
Definition of Terms Used ix
1 Power Run Amuck 1
2 Power to the Powerless 26
3 Sexual and Social Power 41
4 Shared Sexual Power 65
5 Empowering Others 82
6 Empowering the Oppressed 99
7 Spiritual Power 114
8 Resurrection Power: Life Sucks, or Does It? 132
9 Relieving Others 141
10 Revisiting Corinth 157