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Words that make you stand up and listen

Words that make you stand up and listen

 This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series His own did not receive HimIt started like a pretty ordinary day for the guy in John 5. He was sat there by the pool – perhaps under one of the five roofed colonnades mentioned in v21. He was presumably…

“He came to His own…”

“He came to His own…”

 This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him

 This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series His own did not receive Him“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.” (John 1:11) I wonder if you even noticed it as we were reading the beginning of John’s account. The statement above is…

The King arrives … to an unwelcome welcome

The King arrives … to an unwelcome welcome

 This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series The King arrives…“If God did a miracle for me now, then I’d believe…” It’s a common complaint, isn’t it – that the claims of Christianity are based on events 2000 years ago? If only something happened today – well then belief would be…

The King arrives … and swings open the gates

The King arrives … and swings open the gates

 This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series The King arrives…The best things in life are free. The second best are very, very expensive. (Coco Chanel) You get what you pay for. (Anon) If we believe Coco Chanel’s statement above, I guess we think the category of “best…

The King arrives … with His best man

The King arrives … with His best man

 This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series The King arrives…Jesus’ words were especially controversial. The arrival of the king wasn’t turning out anything like people had been expecting. The luscious pictures of the Old Testament were ringing true enough, but there was a sinister note that would…

The King arrives … but his subjects aren’t allowed in

The King arrives … but his subjects aren’t allowed in

 This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series The King arrives…For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. I wrote a post about John 3:16 a couple of years ago expressing four huge…

The King arrives … but not as you expect

The King arrives … but not as you expect

 This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series The King arrives…I’ve been to weddings that took a sour turn before – the best man’s speech that tanked, the awkward waiting around for something to happen, the music that was too quiet for dancing or too loud for those…

The King arrives … with gallons of wine

The King arrives … with gallons of wine

 This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The King arrives...

 This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series The King arrives…An awkward start I’ve been to a fair few weddings; I guess it’s a fairly common experience for a summer weekend for many in their twenties and thirties. And, though never having planned one, it’s immediately apparent that…

Meeting the witnesses

Meeting the witnesses

 This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series John's introduction

 This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series John’s introductionI often find people quite dismissive of the Christian claims about Jesus, most especially when they speak about the concept of “evidence”. ‘It hasn’t happened since’, ‘I haven’t seen it’, ‘It’s so unlikely…’ The problem is, that’s exactly the…

God making God known

God making God known

 This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series John's introduction

 This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series John’s introductionDesigning the front cover of a book is actually really difficult. I’ve tried to do it a couple of times for various reasons, and it’s much harder than publishers make it seem1. I guess they should give some idea…