John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

[May 31, 2015] Today is Trinity Sunday, which in our current church calendar falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. Jesus, having suffered and risen from the dead, ascended to “the right hand of the Father” and poured out the power of the Holy Spirit on his qahal, those in Israel who had gathered . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Divine Birth through Faith

John 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

[March 15, 2015] As the week of the Passion approaches, what we call Holy Week, that begins with Palm Sunday (Jesus’ public arrival at Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover) and moves on to Maundy Thursday (the night of the Last Supper and Jesus’ betrayal and arrest) and Good Friday (the day of . . . → Read More: John 3:14-21, Jesus and Faith in Him

John 3:1-17, Birth from Above

[March 16, 2014] Yesterday I did the funeral for a dear friend, Marian Parnow, born in 1919. “As for a human person—her days are like grass, she blooms like the wild flower; as soon as the wind blows she is gone, never to be seen there again. But YHWH’s faithful love for . . . → Read More: John 3:1-17, Birth from Above

John 2:23—3:21, The New Birth

[February 6, 2011] We come now to the first teaching chapter in the Gospel according to John. In the front to back correspondences of the gospel, it matches the lengthy and most important teaching section in chapters 13—17, just as the clearing of the Temple corresponds to the arrest, trial and crucifixion of . . . → Read More: John 2:23—3:21, The New Birth