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Gospel of John

A Clear Measure Of The Choice Before Us This Election

Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards | Posted 12.17.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Janet Edwards

President Barack Obama has been unwavering in his faithful lifting up of "all" even in the face of unrelieved Republican animosity as well as some frustration on the left at his open hand.

The Artisan Bread Church: John 6:56-69

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

What is the church but a bakery outlet, offering the real Bread of Life? A hungry world is lining up and looking for something to fill the gnawing emptiness in the pit of its collective heart.

The Politics of Betrayal: John 6:56-69

Karoline M. Lewis | Posted 10.22.2012 | Religion
Karoline M. Lewis

The story of Judas exposes the intricacies of betrayal that we would rather ignore or to which we rarely admit. Judas reminds us that sometimes the origin of our hurt lies deep within ourselves.

Not Another Bread Passage.. Please! John 6:35, 41-51

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.08.2012 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

When I read the lectionary passage from the Gospel of John for this week, I scratched my head. This week's text is the third of the "bread passages" in our lectionary cycle. There is a lot of bread this summer. And it's about now that many preachers and congregants start asking, "Bread, again?"

Jesus' Unexpected Presence: A Meditation On John 6:16-21

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 09.24.2012 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

That is often Jesus' way. He pushes his way into our most stormy, frightening, lost moments to show us the way, to give us hope, to hear him say, "It's me. It's all right. Don't be afraid."

Christian Leaders As Servants

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 08.27.2012 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Much of our servant ministry comes from the biblical image of the shepherd leading his sheep. The shepherd will do and should do anything, including laying down his life, for those he has in his care.

When The Atheists Are Right

Mark Osler | Posted 08.06.2012 | Religion
Mark Osler

If religion, my religion, can twist the truth, the Gospel of love, to the point where a man expresses such hate to his own dying child, I despair of that religion.

The Price Of Being Prophetic: Isaiah 6:1–8 And John 3:1–17

Sze-kar Wan | Posted 07.30.2012 | Religion
Sze-kar Wan

The would-be prophet cowers before the throne and whimpers, "Woe is me! I am lost, for I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips." No posturing. No preachiness. No self-righteousness.

Bristol Palin And The Blind Man Healed By Jesus

Michael Pettinger | Posted 07.18.2012 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

Sin is not about breaking rules. Rather, it is resistance to the creative power of God. Those who thought that they were on the side of God are revealed to be profoundly wrong. We might even call them hypocrites.

Why Stay In The Church?

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 06.29.2012 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

The church can be a tough place. We hear things that we don't like; we see things that we don't approve of; we are forced to pray with people with whom we don't agree.

1 John 3:16-24: The Love Of God And The Needs Of Our Neighbors

Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto | Posted 06.25.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Eric D. Barreto

Politics is supposed to serve the common good. These biblical texts remind us that good politics -- that is, faithful politics -- are rooted in love.

British Library Buys Ancient Gospel For $14.3 Million

AP | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion

LONDON -- The British Library has paid 9 million pounds (US$14.3 million) to acquire the St. Cuthbert Gospel, a remarkably well-preserved survivor of ...

John 20:19-31: Thomas > Doubt

Lisa Hickman | Posted 06.11.2012 | Religion
Lisa Hickman

Thomas is not to blame for this label. He made a reasonable statement in an unreasonable, once-in-a-lifetime resurrection situation. What's fascinating is how comfortable we are in letting Thomas be so trapped.

No Kosher Jesus

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 06.04.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

He isn't merely a perfect icon to admire but an example to follow in how to fully engage one's capacity for relationship with God.

John 3: Light from Darkness from Langston Hughes poem "The Negro"

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

The Gospel lesson last Sunday comes from John, Chapter 3 -- the ultimate passage from the Bible on the need to have a personal relationship with God t...

John 12:20–33: Who Am I?

Dirk G. Lange | Posted 05.21.2012 | Religion
Dirk G. Lange

Jesus confronts us with a radically different identity and identity-forming process, as he journeys toward the cross.

Christianity, Bouncers And The 'In' Crowd

Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D. | Posted 05.14.2012 | Religion
Rev. Margaret Aymer, Ph. D.

John's Gospel highlights a tension in the library that is the New Testament. The velvet rope keeps changing position, with self-appointed bouncers appearing at random keeping "those people" out.

John 2:13-22: Where Can God Be Found?

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

For some Christians, the radical accessibility of God in all arenas of life is consistent with an expectation that politicians wear religious commitments on their sleeves. For others, membership in a pluralistic society demands more humility and tolerance.

Exposition Of John 1:5 From T.S. Eliot Poem "Ash Wednesday From Gerontian"

Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr. | Posted 04.23.2012 | Religion
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr.

Even in our "darkness," or failure to comprehend the light, there is a vibrant word in the world's care. "Light shineth in darkness" (verse 5) and the darkness apprehended it not.

John 1:6-8; 19-28: Faith And Fear

Thomas G. Long, Ph.D. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Religion
Thomas G. Long, Ph.D.

The fear about exposure and judgment comes to white-hot focus in a remarkable biblical story, told early in the Gospel of John, about an investigative team dispatched from the capital city to interrogate an enigmatic preacher.

Three Cups Of Lies: How Much Do Facts Matter?

Christian Piatt | Posted 01.16.2012 | Religion
Christian Piatt

We're obsessed in today's world with facts. Every syllable uttered by people in positions of power is put under a microscope, and we, the general public, love nothing more than to have subterfuge reveal in the media spotlight.

The Christmas We Are Waiting For

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

The waiting time for Christmas is almost over. But so what? After all, there is nothing special about waiting. It's what we're waiting for that matters.