Category Archives: Gospel of John

Gift of God

In his conversation with the Samaritan Woman, Jesus says, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee … Continue reading

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The Sins of the Lectionary

Anyone following the BCP‘s Daily Office Lectionary (Year Two) is currently reading through the Gospel of John. Perhaps you shared my confusion this morning on realizing that today’s Gospel lesson began at John 8:12, although yesterday’s reading only got to the … Continue reading

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Jesus as SNOOT

“SNOOT,” in David Foster Wallace’s lexicon, stands for “Syntax Nerds of Our Time,” and Jesus shows himself to be one in his argument with the madding crowd in John 6:27-40. They demand that Jesus do another miracle to demonstrate his … Continue reading

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John’s Institution Narrative

The Gospel of John has no “Institution Narrative” directly parallel to the scene at the Last Supper in the Synoptics, where Jesus establishes a commemorative meal at which his followers will eat his flesh and drink his blood. Instead, John … Continue reading

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Water and the Spirit

Jesus tells Nicodemus, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (Jn 3:5). What does this mean? The reading that’s most attractive to me sees “of water and of the … Continue reading

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Moses and Christ

“lex per Mosen data est,” John writes, “gratia et veritas per Iesum Christum facta est” (Jn 1:17). These are strong words, words — on their face — to warm a Marcionite’s heart. The Law, given through Moses, apparently excludes “grace … Continue reading

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The Spirit is the Future

Composer Arvo Part, in an interview given in 1978: “There maybe exists the greatest teacher of all, I mean, the future – or let’s say, conscience. View yourself – what you’d really like to be. What you aren’t, but how … Continue reading

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