Monthly Archives: August 2011

Lord of the Dead

When I was a teen death bothered me so I became a Goth.  I was then able to hang around with other people who thought about death.  It seems that as we grow older we have less time to think … Continue reading

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Shepherd

When Jesus talks of shepherds and gates he is using images that are familiar to the people.  Leaders are shepherds and can be a gateway to the people.  If a leadership is inept or currupt the people suffer.  If the … Continue reading

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Blind

The darkess of The Blind Man is both phtsical and spiritual. He will be cured of both by the ‘sent’ one.  The darkness of those around him is merely spiritual, but it will have far deeper consequences.  Although the Jewish … Continue reading

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Who’s Your Daddy?

Jesus stands under the lights of Jerusalem’s temple and declares that he is the light, not just of Jerusalem but of the whole world.  This draws some attention and the Jewish leaders go after Jesus once again.  They accuse him … Continue reading

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The Woman Caught In Adultery

“Let he who is without sin cast the first stone” is a well known quotation.  What many people don’t know is that the passage in John where Jesus is writing in the dust and disperses an adulterous woman’s accusers is … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Own

We often read the book of John with an insiders and outsiders division of those around Jesus.  The insiders would be the disciples, his family, and the poor.  Outsiders would be the rich, the powerful, and foreigners.  Jesus reverses this … Continue reading

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Bread

Bread is symbolic of life’s necessities.  Water is a similar symbol.  In John Jesus claims at different times to be the ‘water’ and the ‘bread’.  In both cases the setting is one where the literal bread and water are given … Continue reading

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Jesus’ Claims

In Islam Jesus is a prophet, Hazrat Isa.  In Hinduism Jesus can be venerated as a god along with other gods.  In Judaism, Jesus is Yeshua Ben Yousaf the Rabbi son of a carpenter who said some interesting things, but has been misrepresented through … Continue reading

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In Spirit And In Truth

Growing up in a conservative church, the phrase ‘worship in spirit and truth’ was sometimes used to explain why we didn’t use instrumentation in worship. In some circles that was too worldly.  However, the passage where the phrase is found … Continue reading

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True Religion

In popular churches we hear often that Christianity isn’t a religion it’s a relationship.  However, this is popular language and it’s simply not true.  Religion is the service and worship of a god or the supernatural (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/religion).  The book of … Continue reading

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