Paul's instructions to the Corinthians on their use of spiritual gifts is surprising given their dysfunctional application of Spirit ministry.
In 1 Timothy 2:11, Paul writes Timothy, "A woman must learn in quietness and submission." Is this just another expression of ancient, patriarchal culture that sought to suppress women? Watch this Seven Minute Seminary with Dr. Gary Hoag and prepare to be surprised.
The truth is that grace, or gift, was not a concept unique to the Christian faith in the first century. In fact, even pagan religion afforded grace a role in the relationship between the gods and their followers. What makes the grace of the Christian gospel unique? In today's Seven Minute Seminary video, Dr. John Barclay explains that it's the nature of the recipients—us—that is so telling about the grace of God in Jesus Christ.
Contrary to how some read 1 Corinthians 15, the spiritual body is about source of empowerment, not quality of material. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video from Ben Witherington III as he critiques views on the spiritual body that pass over the resurrection.
Contrary to popular notions about disembodied eternal existence, the Christian hope is grounded in Jesus Christ’s resurrection, which is a foreshadowing of what the church will share in as well. Watch Matt O'Reilly in this Seven Minute Seminary explain the Christian afterlife.