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When There's Tension in the Church 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

When There's Tension in the Church

Can a potato problem help resolve issues in the church?

At a Glance

The lowly, and sort of ugly, potato was once considered "the Devil's handiwork." Then it became a staple in the diet of people the world over. What happened was a change in thinking, and that's what the apostle Paul has in mind with his meat-and-potatoes approach to a serious moral dilemma in the Corinthian church.

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For material based on the gospel text, see "Body Sculpting and Self Shaping," February 3, 1991, at

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