The giving of the Holy Spirit in a new, never-before way was to be inaugurated by another never-before event. Continue reading Gospel of John: A Better Covenant
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What’s for dinner? A nearly four thousand year old recipe from ancient Babylon! Continue reading Babylonian Stew
“Aren’t you, like, a Christian?” It was making no sense. He took his glasses off and rubbed his eyes, as though that might help. “I mean, aren’t there rules, or something?” Continue reading Changes
During Jonah’s time, the people of Nineveh believed in a divinity who sent messages to them by a person who rose out of the sea, as part fish and part man. Continue reading Minor Prophets: Jonah or Dagon?
It was the eighth day, the Sabbath of the Sabbaths, for on this day the land had become theirs, apportioned among the tribes, as foretold. Already in the distance, the temple trumpets sounded from each parapet. Continue reading Gospel of John: Living Water
If something is deemed implausible, the likelihood of you or me coming to believe it is vanishingly small. In fact, we will not find or even see what is right in front of us. Continue reading Gospel of John: Pressure of Persecution
That is the challenge I want to meet. To be trustworthy in telling the truth, and then to let truth do its work, in God’s time, by God’s power, while I keep loving, and caring for, and being present with all those who will receive me. Continue reading Gospel of John: Pressure of Public Opinion
Makeshift lean-tos and vendors’ kiosks thickly encrusted every possible open space, including the streets. Street preachers, entertainers, and peddlers hawking their wares competed for the people’s attention. Continue reading Gospel of John: Circumcision
Has there ever been a time when you found yourself in a group of people enjoying themselves and you felt utterly alone? Maybe unseen, certainly not noticed, no one knew what you were feeling, there was no one to relate to. You go to a party, but for you it’s a test of endurance, not the fun it’s billed to be. Continue reading Feast at Shiloh: Hannah’s Story
He flipped through all the chats he had already seen, familiar dark dread narrowing his windpipe, stinging his eyes, aching through his back and neck. Why was he such a failure at connecting with people? Continue reading Lonely