Yet another quote that probably will not make it into Sunday's manuscript...though I really love this one from David Prior in his excellent commentary on 1 Corinthians:
"Paul looks at the Corinthian church as it is in Christ before he looks at anything else that is true of the church. That disciplined statement of faith is rarely made in local churches. The warts are examined and lamented, but often there is no vision of what God has already done in Christ."
Oh that my church would be one of those rare churches in which we see one another as we are in Christ before we look at anything else!