The New Creation: John 20

The Gospel of John is a literary masterpiece. Even the most casual reader of the New Testament recognizes how different John’s Gospel is from the three Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke). The Gospel of John is a theological interpretation of the Christ event. There are many metaphors and symbols… Continue reading

John 21:1-18 “When All Else is Prologue”

The great 20th century theologian Paul Tillich once said that in its infancy, Christianity had only one real rival, and that was the spirit of stoicism. There were many other competing religions, but only one real rival—a rival and threat that has stayed with the church for two thousand years…. Continue reading

Matthew 3:13-17 “Taking the Plunge”

It may seem strange to jump from Christmas to Jesus’ baptism, from his birth to his early to mid-thirties. But in making that leap, we are following the Scriptures. With the exception of Luke’s account of a family pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem when Jesus was 12 years old,… Continue reading