John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

[December 28, 2014] For today, the First Sunday of Christmas, the text is the eighteen verse prologue of the Gospel according to John. This particular text leaves me dumbfounded. It is like a labyrinth. Read verses 1-8 to the south, verses 9-11 to the east, verses 12-13 at the center, verse 14 to . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Mystery of Jesus

John 1:6-8, 19-28, The Testimony of John

[December 14, 2014] The Third Sunday of Advent (one more Sunday to go): In the little time that we have we turn briefly to the incredibly rich Gospel according to John. John, the unknown disciple of Jesus to whom Jesus entrusted the care of his mother (the two of them, at Jesus’ request, . . . → Read More: John 1:6-8, 19-28, The Testimony of John

John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit

[April 27, 2014] At the heart of this passage, which takes place on the evening of Easter Day, Jesus breathes into his disciples and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” It is the fulfillment of everything for which the Gospel according to John has been preparing us. John’s gospel (written decades after Matthew and . . . → Read More: John 20:19-31, Receive the Holy Spirit

John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

[January 5, 2014] Today—the Second Sunday of Christmas—we consider one of the most profound passages of the Christian Scriptures, the Prologue of the Gospel according to John. This Prologue corresponds to the twenty-first chapter of the same gospel, having the same number of letters as the other has words; both being carefully . . . → Read More: John 1:1-18, The Word Became Flesh

The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, by Richard Bauckham

This remarkable book by Richard Bauckham, The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple: Narrative, History, and Theology in the Gospel of John(Grand Rapids: Baker Academic [a division of Baker Publishing Group], 2007), is mostly concerned with establishing the identity of the author of the fourth gospel as an eyewitness of the events the gospel . . . → Read More: The Testimony of the Beloved Disciple, by Richard Bauckham