In his letters to the Corinthians, Paul seems to have a laundry list of issues to discuss with a people who thought themselves to be wise, yet who seemed to struggle with a lot of messy issues. It is almost as if this book is a book about how "not to do" church, and it gives me pause about whether our home church is an attempt to avoid the "messy" issues related to a larger community of people attempting to pursue God together.
So, this brings up a question I must consider. How does my church community do church well, and what does that look like? Since the Corinthians' letters seem to address very specific issues relating to their day and culture, what are the lessons we can learn from their experiences, but in a "real" application to our day (today) and our culture (Western civilization/American/Midwestern)?