The poster child of evangelism in John’s Gospel is not a Jew nor a man (in that male chauvinist society). Instead, it is a Samaritan woman, and one with a questionable past. With more zeal than any of the disciples – at least in John’s Gospel – she hastily goes out and tells her townspeople of the man she just met. Continue reading
What had started as a playful conversation all the sudden became quite serious. Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “Go, call you husband and come back (John 4:16).” We can imagine her muttering and bumbling, “I have no husband (John 4:17).” While in her mind she may have reasoned her response to be true, yet in her heart she knew there was much more to her story. Her life had been a series of broken relationships. We can imagine the woman’s surprise when Jesus reveals his knowledge of her past, which sadly consists of five past husbands and a man she now lives with but is not her husband (John 4:18). Continue reading
There are many thirsts in life: thirsts for power, thirsts for relationship, thirsts for more material goods. Jesus conversation with the woman at the well started with a basic thirst – a thirst for a drink of water.
There she came. A woman. A Samaritan. She was alone. In first century Palestine, any non-aristocratic woman would have had to travel daily to retrieve water. Nearly all women traveled in groups. To travel alone was dangerous. There were thieves and other ill-intentioned people, not to mention wild animals. Yet, she came alone. (John 4:1-9) Continue reading
1 John 3:16-18
“From whence comes love?” asked the nineteenth century Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard. If love comes from inside a person, can we find it? Can we go deeper and deeper into his interior and find it somewhere there? Kierkegaard would answer, “no,” because the beginning of human love is God’s love. It is like looking at a stream. Though you may see the stream, you cannot see its source. Though the stream may flow or dry up, the source may remain full. So, it is with God’s love. We cannot fully behold its source, but we can see its outflow. Continue reading
Submitted by Andy McIlvain.
I have a heart problem…and so do you.
I work in healthcare. As a nurse, I am privileged to work with many gifted and talented doctors, nurses, office workers, and other healthcare professionals. I work with a gifted cardiologist. He begins his day by turning off the light in his office, turning on two monitors, and looking at videos of people’s echocardiograms. Continue reading
Stripped naked, robed with scarlet, crowned with thorns, mocked, spat on, hit, clothes divided; Jesus fulfills in fullness the mockery of Psalm 22: Continue reading
Ancient stone towers litter an ancient village located at the southernmost tip of Greece. The stone towers served as family homes, at a time when the village was self-governed. The towers not only protected the village from outside invaders, but protected the villagers from each other. The families of that village had turned family feuds into a blood sport. When one family offended another, they would hurl rocks and boiling oil from the height their tower on to the other family. The families built higher and higher towers to gain the advantage; the cycle went on until the village nearly destroyed itself. Continue reading
In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and all was very good (Genesis 1:1, 31). There is an inherent goodness about all things God makes. A beautiful scenic overlook, the graceful flight of a bald eagle, the wonders of the human brain, a charitable act, these are all glimpses of the goodness of God’s creation.
Yet, despite these glimpses of the goodness of God’s creation, it appears that what was made good has been marred. Continue reading
2 Corinthians 3:12-18
In the third volume of C.S. Lewis’ Narnia series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one of the main characters is a young boy named Eustace. Eustace displayed a thirst for power, but went about getting it in mischievous ways. He would irritate and bully his pears, while ingratiating adult authority figures. In Narnia, Eustace discovers a dead dragon’s treasure trove. Elated, he imagines the power the treasure will give him. He slips on the dead dragon’s gold bracelet and falls asleep. Terrified, he awakes to find out he has turned into a dragon. Continue reading