The aim of the gospel of John is clearly stated in the last verse of its last Chapter. John 20:31 states, “But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” The question of Jesus’ divinity, who Jesus was, what Jesus represented, and why Jesus was on earth fills the entire Gospel. When
This week's sermon took the form of an instructed Eucharist.
I don’t often turn to the King James Version of the Bible, for I find wading through the Elizabethan language to be problematic. But this week’s Gospel reading is an exception. Let me read for you one passage from today’s Gospel in the standard lectionary version and then the King James Version: NRSV KJV Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of
How do you deal with those you find difficult to love? “‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ … ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” My friends, in this statement from Jesus is
Many sternly ordered Bartimaeus, son of Timaeus, to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many tried to hush him up, but he yelled even louder. Throughout history, the lame and the blind who have been obliged to beg for their food have sought to benefit from the generosity of people. On the steps of medieval cathedrals, as at the gates of