This is a classic case of denial, insisting something is not so, because to accept that it is so would mean admitting personal responsibility, admitting that maybe something is wrong, maybe I need to change. Continue reading Gospel of John: The Ban
Each side insisted the other was of impure lineage, held in the sway of evil. Who was right? Continue reading Gospel of John: Who Has the Demon?
Children of Abraham would have been as attentive and obedient to God’s word now as Abraham was then. They would have taken the risk of faith Abraham took, and believed God—believed Jesus—though it would mean the complete upending of their lives, just as it had meant for Abraham. Continue reading Gospel of John: Father of Lies
was this coming from a grubby itinerant soapbox preacher, a construction worker from Galilee who fancied himself a theologian and even more, the actual son of God, the Messiah? Continue reading Gospel of John: Be Made Free
Jesus to the Pharisees: “You all are from below, I am from above; you all are from this world, I am not from this world.” Continue reading Gospel of John: Not From This World
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
People often think that if someone does not believe something, what they need is more proof, more information.
But Jesus said this was not the problem.
Continue reading Gospel of John: Final Proof
As I study John’s gospel, I keep feeling as though the scientific method of enquiry is not enough to understand spiritual things. Whereas those who are intellectual may well be called to pursue the finer points of systematic theology and to organize the many philosophical strands of a particular doctrine, it is not enough. Continue reading Gospel of John: Jesus Invokes Witnesses
Just as Jesus was one with the Father’s will and God’s power, so you and I, the more we willingly meld our wills with the Lord’s, will receive God’s vision, all the things God has planned for us, and the power to do it all. Continue reading Gospel of John: The Big Reveal