"If we’ve learned anything from reading Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church, it’s that they had problems. Divisions, lawsuits, sexual immorality, and pride were just some of the issues that threatened to tear the church apart, not to mention ruin their witness to neighbors. Yet many Christians dismiss the Bible as being ancient history, not realizing how much it parallels what we experience today. The first epistle to the Corinthians is an excellent example of how relevant the scriptures are to our culture, no modifications necessary.
"In 20 Controversies That Almost Killed a Church, author Richard L. Ganz breaks down 1 Corinthians into twenty topics addressed by the apostle Paul almost 2,000 years ago, and advises contemporary believers on ways to avoid those same traps. Each chapter reviews a section of the letter, providing cross references, application, and current examples for insight. In the section about church discipline, he writes: 'Our society has been distancing its morality from the Word of God in recent times, but that is not a new occurrence in history. Even the Corinthian church, centuries ago, had problems of immorality…Redeemed sinners, to remain in the church, must live holy lives. This does not mean that they do not sin, but it means that when they do sin, they confess their sins to God and strive even more for that holiness…'
"Ganz has made this book very readable and accessible to anyone interested in understanding God’s word. In addition to the twenty topics, the book includes a complete index of scriptures referenced within, and a thoughtful discussion guide for book clubs or study guides. 20 Controversies That Almost Killed a Church is great as an added reference for a Bible study, or as a standalone study into pressures of the Christian life and how we are to respond." -- Stacy Oliver, Christian Book Previews
"A helpful and interesting exposition of 1 Corinthians. Rather than a verse-by-verse commentary, the volume offers a discussion of major themes. Richard Ganz has sprinkled these discussions with examples from his own ministry which further enhances it. It's true to Scripture without being doctrine and written for the thoughtful layman. It's a helpful contribution to an ongoing discussion of church life in the 21st century." -- ChristianBook.com
From a distance of 2,000 years, the letter to the Corinthian church shows us the snares that we must avoid in the Christian life.
"Don't miss this one!" -- J.I. Packer
"Practical, biblical advice on how to show love for the fellowship of the saints. Richard Ganz gives pastoral counsel to help believers live in harmony with one another within the church. I pary God will bless this work to all those who, like me, long to see Christ's church unified in passionate love for the truth of the gospel." -- James White
"A helpful and interesting exposition of 1 Corinthians. Rather than a verse-by-verse commentary, the volume offers a discussion of major themes. That Richard Ganz has sprinkled these discussions with examples from his own ministry further enhances it. Thoroughly biblical." -- Jay E. Adams
"An up-to-date discussion of many issues that threaten to kill churches today. True to Scripture without being doctrinaire, written for the thoughtful laymen...a helpful contribution to an ongoing discussion of church life in the 21st century." -- Baruch Maoz
"Richard Ganz has escorted our common rabbi, St. Paul, to the microphone so his first letter to the Corinthians can be heard afresh by a generation that needs his message as much, if not more, than did the original recipients." -- Steve Schlissel