White stones for a new year

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.” Revelation…

Lazarus stinketh

 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met…

Inclusively exclusive

“Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes…

Doubts and accusations welcome

“So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”” John 11:16 Thomas is the disciple who will later refuse to believe in the resurrection until he can place his hands in the scars on Jesus’ hands. And his lack of faith is evident here…

The disciples don’t get it

“After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them…

To Bethany

{This is the start of a series of articles looking at the death of Lazarus} “Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha” John 11:1 Bethany is a town that Jesus visits several times in scriptures. It is here that Mary anoints Jesus’ feet with oil.…

Water at Midday

““Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”” John 4:6-7 At the well in the heat of the day (the sixth hour being…

Living water

“So he [Jesus] came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field ehat Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour. A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus…

Rejecting Mudpies

““‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”” Revelation 3:15 It is easy to slip into what is safe and comfortable. To settle into routines and patterns that enable…

Clean hands, pure hearts, seek God

How can we be authentic in living out our faith, not lukewarm but on fire with passion for God? How can we live in such a way as to make the Christian faith attractive to those around us, to make them want what we have? I think the answer can be found in the words…