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Gospel of John

Many Gifts, Same Spirit: Celebrating Pride in Our Diversity Together

H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
H. Adam Ackley, Ph.D.

LA Pride Eucharist, celebrated to kick off LA Pride this weekend, expresses faith in the right all LGBTQIIAA people have to worship as we feel led, without anyone deciding for us whether or not we can be included or what kind of spirituality we can embrace.

The Resurrection of Jesus

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.19.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Millions of people from all parts of the world will celebrate Easter because they, like I, believe what the early Gospel writers wrote about: that Jesus was raised from the dead and life eternal with Jesus in the kingdom of heaven is ours through faith in Jesus. Hallelujah!

The Thing I Never Want to Hear Again on Good Friday

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I heard myself say the words and take part in this ritual and it made me physically sick. I couldn't believe that this was the liturgy that this kind, little church had been using for the past decades, maybe longer.

Handel's Messiah: See No Evil, Hear No Evil?

Michael Marissen | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Michael Marissen

Rejoicing against Judaism is -- thank God -- neither the whole nor the primary story of Messiah; it is, however, I'm suggesting, a significant forgotten secondary aspect.

Jesus the Strategist: Part II

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.08.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

By the time Jesus got to the outskirts of Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders -- the priests, the Pharisees, the Sanhedrin -- were concerned about the large number of people who apparently had joined up with him. Was Jesus about to launch a campaign to anoint himself as the expected Messiah?

Jesus the Strategist: -Part I

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 06.05.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Palm Sunday is only one week away. Have you ever stopped to think about what Jesus did the week before the original Palm Sunday?

Supper and a Sermon During Lent

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

One of the best ways to observe Lent is by joining Jesus for supper in the Upper Room and listening to his sermon in John 13 - 17, as though spoken just to you.

The Son of God: Safe and Comfortable Middle Class Jesus

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey fail in their newly-released film The Son of God, because their interpretation of Scripture is simplistic and triumphalist. Where there are choices to be made -- and with the Gospels, the choices abound -- Burnett and Downey have an unerring urge to favor the safe ones.

Singing Carols to Jesus in Prison

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Jeanne Bishop

I had come to see the man who had murdered my sister, her husband and their baby years ago. He had apologized; I was there to try to reconcile.

Christmas

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

As we celebrate Christmas, may we remember the significance of the Incarnation and the second part of the Trinity -- what Christmas is really all about. And let our celebration of nearly two weeks truly glorifying God the Son.

Alicia Keys, Joni Mitchell, and Some Women of the Bible

Michael Gilmour | Posted 02.12.2014 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

When the narrators of popular songs represent the male perspective, allusions to sacred imagery are often part of an effort to seduce. By contrast, when the narrator represents a female's perspective, allusions to sacred imagery sometimes highlight marginal status.

Can Who Solve Death?

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

I laughed out loud in the airport last week when I spotted the cover of Time Magazine with its melodramatic question: "Can Google Solve Death?" First, Google can never solve death. Second, Jesus Christ has already done it. And if you want to know how, just enter the words "Gospel of John" into the Google search box.

Scholars and the Gospels

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 10.31.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

There are basically two kinds of scholars: The "scholars' scholar," who concentrates on very advanced levels of research that other scholars understand, and the "laymen's scholar," who focuses on scholarly matters of a less intense nature that the average layperson understands.

Let John Be John and Let Jesus Be Jesus

Robert J. Morgan | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Robert J. Morgan

Recently publications have explored two new books relating to the person of Jesus Christ and the Gospel of John. Both books dismiss the possibility that the Apostle John actually wrote the Fourth Gospel or that Jesus of Nazareth is accurately portrayed in its contents. These are not innovative assertions.

What Everyone Should Know About The Fourth Gospel

John Shelby Spong | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
John Shelby Spong

Almost any poll of regular church goers will reveal that their favorite book in the New Testament is the Gospel of John. Yet, I suspect that if these devotees of John's Gospel were introduced to the world of Johannine scholarship, they would be both shocked and angered by contemporary insights into this treasured book.

When 'Homeland Security' Keeps Us From Encountering God

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

To arm ourselves to the teeth and make self-protection our greatest value makes it harder to love, at least to love those most different from us. The result could be our inability to be swept into the breadth and fullness of love residing in the heart of God.

From Pool Of Promise To Sinkhole Of Debt

Robert Hoch | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Robert Hoch

For many, America's "pool of promise" -- higher education -- is turning into a sinkhole of debt. What would it look like for students to take hold of the injustice of the university and financial system, to claim it even as they rise above it?

Repairing Our Grief

Greg Carey | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Greg Carey

Jesus confronts Peter with the moral injury of the past. Through a ritual reenactment of that scene, Jesus walks Peter through his past and ushers him into a brand new future. Somehow healing begins, and new life bursts forth. May it be so with all who suffer moral injury.

Does Matter Matter? Reflections On The Bodily Resurrection Of Jesus

Brandon Ambrosino | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Brandon Ambrosino

If Christians believe that salvation concerns only a state of mind, then what does it matter if we feed the hungry, or take care of animals or practice chastity?

What's His Vision for America Now?

Rev. Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson | Posted 03.18.2013 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Alvin O'Neal Jackson

If President Obama really means to lead us in a new direction of hope and change and compassion and kindness, he ought to keep on saying it -- and he ought to get louder and louder.

Experiencing The Passionate, Honest Love Of Jesus

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 01.26.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

Jesus expressed a wide range of emotions with his followers, but love was the foundation of them all. It was easy and honest and clear. It was fervent without shame or restraint.

A Different Kind Of King: John 18:33-37

Barbara Kay Lundblad | Posted 01.21.2013 | Religion
Barbara Kay Lundblad

Jesus is a king who never rose so high that he couldn't see those who were down low. If we would see Jesus, we will look in places kings seldom go.

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.