Building the Church and Our Lives on the One Sure Foundation (Sun. August 22)

The word of the day is “foundation.”  How does it happen that church leaders lead the flock of Christ astray?  How does it happen that the members of a church depart from the teaching of its founders?  In today’s reading of 1 Cor. 3:9-17, Paul explains the squabbles dividing the church in Corinth.  He writes, “As a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it.  But let each one take heed how he builds on it” (OSB vs. 10). Paul has founded the congregation, but other pastors have succeeded him. But the members are now dividing themselves according to what they perceive as the different teaching of their shepherds.  Are Paul’s successors at fault? Let…