I will return with my thoughts on Methodism either later tonight or tomorrow. But, in honour of the game that is being played tonight in Cameron Indoor Stadium, I give this quote from Richard B. Hays, Duke Divinity School’s professor of New Testament. I found this preparing for Sunday, so this can double as a Lectionary reflection on 1 Corinthians 9.24-27.
Several years ago when Duke University men’s basketball team won back-to-back national championships, there was a popular T-shirt on campus. The front read, ‘You can talk the game, but can you play the game?’ On the back, above the school logo, in large letters was printed the slogan, ‘We can play.’ That is the challenge Paul poses to his readers – and to himself – in verses 24-27: can we play the game? Rather than just talking about the gospel, we are called to pay the price of sacrifice and discipline in order to play the game rightly and thus to win the prize.
Richard B. Hays, First Corinthians, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching
Go Blue Devils! Beat Carolina!