About the time I finished reading Lazarus Awakening, I also finished The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scott McKnight. In his book, McKnight argues that part of the problem with the Gospel today is that we, Christians, do not really know what to do with the story because we do not… Continue reading Book Review: Lazarus Awakening DVD Study Pack
I came across a startling idea when reading John's Gospel and it has to do with greatness or greater. Great. Greater. Greatest. We have fun ways of delineating hierarchy in the English language. I always enjoy seeing words like 'greater' in a text because it makes me wonder what's just 'great.' It happens in John's… Continue reading 500 Words with John’s Gospel: Greater or Lesser
This morning, my second of three days away from work, I sat in a chair on the patio behind my house. There were about a million birds singing—all a different song, but all perfectly intelligible to someone or at least to another bird. The songs were wonderful even though they were not being sung to… Continue reading What Should We Do with Jesus?
The First Day of the Rest of Your Life John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his… Continue reading Resurrection is Today
Friends, I have been noticing for a while that a series of sermons I posted here, The Church in Exile: The Book of Daniel, has been getting a lot of hits and downloads at my box.net account. This inspired me to share with you a lengthy series of sermons I did (18 in total, but… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus: The Gospel of John
John 21:15-25 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 90) When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 90: John 21:15-25: Loving, Living, and Following Jesus
John 21:1-14 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 89 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana of Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 89: John 21:1-14: Jesus & Fish
John 20:24-31 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 88) Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 88: John 20:24-31: Scripture is About Jesus
John 20:11-23 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 87) But Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 87: John 20:11-23: Jesus’ Message
John 20:1-10 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 86) Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said,… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 86: John 20:1-10: The Resurrection of Jesus
John 19:28-42 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 85) Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 85: John 19:28-42: It Is Finished; It has Begun!
John 19:17-27 (90 Days with Jesus Day 84) So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). Here they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle. Pilate had a notice… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 84: John 19:17-27: The Cross of Jesus
John 19:1-16 (90 Days with Jesus Day 83) Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 83: John 19:1-16: Jesus Christ the King
John 18:28-37 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 82 Then the Jews led Jesus from Caiaphas to the palace of the Roman governor. By now it was early morning, and to avoid ceremonial uncleanness the Jews did not enter the palace; they wanted to be able to eat the Passover. 29So Pilate came out to them… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 82: John 18:28-37: Jesus the Truth
John 18:12-27 (90 Days with Jesus, Day 81) Then the detachment of soldiers with its commander and the Jewish officials arrested Jesus. They bound him 13and brought him first to Annas, who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, the high priest that year. 14Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it would be… Continue reading 90 Days with Jesus, Day 81: John 18:12-27: Following Jesus and Knowing Jesus