In Him Was Life (Why We’re Not Martians)


Biblical Meditations, John

“In him was life” (Jn 1.4). “No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative”  (Jn 10.18). “It is finished” (Jn 19.30). In Jesus was life. We might say something similar, ironically, at a funeral.  Our friend lived vibrantly, spontaneously, infectiously.  Our relative had such “life” about […]

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April 27, 2018

A Tale of Two Betrayers


Biblical Meditations, John, Luke, Mark, Matthew

Matthew weaves a subtle thread through his crucifixion account.  While all the Gospel writers detail Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, only Matthew records what happened to Judas afterward (Mt 27.3-5; cf. Acts 1.18f.).  He does so in such a way to compare and contrast Judas with Peter: two deniers of Jesus.  And in contrasting these two betrayers, Matthew magnifies […]

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March 25, 2016

I Saw Jesus at the Nursing Home


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, John

Jesus wept (John 11.35). My dad was recently in a local rehabilitation center/nursing home. He returned home a smidge stronger but he still inches toward the midnight hour.  John 11 met me at the door when we last visited him. The apostle John put  Jesus on display in John 11.  The fullness of God and the fullness […]

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June 14, 2014

Does God Love [Your Name]?


Christian Life, John, Marriage & Family, Theology

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (Jn 3.16) I was recently reading a cartooned Scripture memorization pamphlet to my 5-year-old daughter.  It was a story written to help her memorize John 3.16.  The pamphlet was nicely […]

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August 8, 2013

(Re)Examining John 3:16


Biblical Meditations, John, Theology

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (Jn 3.16). Modern Calvinist and nonCalvinist Southern Baptists tussle over John 3:16.  Who exactly owns the deed to this hallowed ground?  NonCalvinists insist the “whosoever will” is an impossible hurdle […]

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March 19, 2013