Tag Archives: John

First or third person?

In his Gospel, John describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This past week I had a conversation with a young professor preparing a National Science Foundation CAREER proposal that gave me new insight into this statement. We discussed several … Continue reading

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Who am I to you?

Take a moment to think about your best friend. How would you describe him/her to someone who has not met him/her? Pick a noun, not an adjective. It’s difficult! For my buddy of 30 years, I chose cube. This is … Continue reading

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On the porch

Solomon’s porch is a key location in the bible. It was attached to the east side of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem, the holy meeting place for the Jewish people and early Christians. Let’s begin with Jesus because all scripture … Continue reading

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A love story in three acts

Act 1 I knew she was special the first time I heard her voice. I had just transferred mid-year to a new high school and I had yet to make any friends. I was acutely aware that I did not … Continue reading

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Lost your keys?

Have you ever lost your keys? It’s a traumatic experience for a few reasons. You don’t know you’ve lost them until you need them! You’re ready to get in the car. You’ve arrived at your front door. Their loss puts … Continue reading

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Are you in exile?

Exile is a forced absence from your home. I’ve been thinking about exile because I’ve been reading Daniel. It describes the way God used his servant Daniel during his exile in Babylon. While listening to a sermon on the radio … Continue reading

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The John identity

In his Gospel, John describes himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” This past week I served as a mock review panel moderator at a National Science Foundation CAREER proposal writing workshop. During the event, I may have gained new insight into this statement. … Continue reading

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Can’t look away

They couldn’t take their eyes off them—Peter and John standing there so confident, so sure of themselves! Their fascination deepened when they realized these two were laymen with no training in Scripture or formal education. They recognized them as companions … Continue reading

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Love explained… finally

We all seek to define love. Consciously or not, we each need to answer the question “What is love?” to our satisfaction. Right or wrong. First, let me tell you what love is NOT. This first definition comes from the dictionary. … Continue reading

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At My right or left

I admire James and John, the sons of Zebedee, a.k.a. the sons of thunder. I love their exchange with Jesus from Mark’s gospel, chapter 10. Starting in verse 35: Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they … Continue reading

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