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People want power. When we cannot have power ourselves, we at least want to be connected to people who have power.
It has been nine weeks since I last posted on John’s Gospel (see March 20, 2012 http://inaspaciousplace.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/john-660-71-granted-by-the-father/). This morning seems a good time to resume looking at John.
It is tempting in any spiritual tradition to pick and choose, taking those parts we like and leaving behind the aspects of the teaching we find difficult or challenging.
It is easy to miss the subtle but essential shift in scenery and audeince that takes place in John 6:41.
Sometimes life feels like hard work. There are days that start early, end late, and involve quite a bit of running around in between.
It is a curious little incident sandwiched between Jesus’ miraculous feeding of a huge crowd and his lengthy discourse on the nature of true bread.
Jesus would not have made an effective politician.
The opening of John chapter 6 marks a radical departure in location from the end of chapter 5.
A superficial reading of John 5:31-47 risks giving the wrong impression of Jesus’ nature and the focus of his teaching.
“Judgement” is one of those terms deeply rooted in Christian tradition that tend to give Christianity a bad name.