Weddings are wonderful times of celebration that promise future blessings and happiness. Everything needs to be just right, and if something major goes wrong, it can be heartbreaking for the families involved. According to John 2:1-11, Jesus attended such a wedding in Cana of Galilee. He did a miracle there that prevented a disaster, but we’re missing the point if we leave it at that. We can learn a lot about prayer from this passage.
The Advent According to John
John tells us of a surprisingly human Jesus who experienced many of the circumstances we struggle with, and, more importantly, who showed us how to deal with what may actually be the most difficult time of the year.
The New Commandment, the Old Testament, and Andy Stanley
My previous post on the new commandment left me with one regret—that I didn’t explore the relationship of this new love command to the love commands of the Old Testament. The current debate over Andy Stanley’s view of the Old Testament in general and of the new commandment in particular, expressed in his recent […]
Love one another: A one-hit wonder and Jesus’ greatest hit.
The “new commandment” (John 13:34-35) is one of Jesus’ most well-known sayings. Of course, the sentiment that people should love one another has been a constant theme in pop culture since the hippie movement of the 1960’s. The opportunity to speak at a recent Grand Rapids Theological Seminary chapel service gave me a chance to […]
John the Spiritual Gospel: Soaring Eagles, Wading Lambs, and Swimming Elephants
I’ve been thinking through the Gospel of John recently. Here are some of my thoughts and some information about a set of 22 video lectures on John that I just did for biblicalelearning.org. Also news about an opportunity I have to teach John this fall.