Limited by What the Eye Sees

John 6:1-21  Optical illusions are entertaining. Which line is longer? Are these the same colors? What do you see here? Optical illusions are just that – they seem to show something different than what is really there. Our eyes can be fooled! This week, we see two events that are, in a sense, spiritual optical […]

Legalism is Alive and Well


John 5:1-18  The young person heard the gospel, really heard it for the first time. Sure, others had told him about Jesus, but this time his heart heard it. And he believed in Jesus for eternal life. He was excited, as was the person who shared the gospel with him. This man told his pastor […]

From A Distance


John 4:43-54  We were flying at about 35,000 feet, flying over the Aleutian Islands, headed for the Philippines. We hit some turbulence, bumpy but not severe. Yet, I gripped my hand rest all the tighter. Why do I get nervous? I don’t know, but I do (a bad trait for someone who flies as much […]

The Shortest Distance Is Out Of The Way

John 4:1-42 You may read that and think, “that makes no sense!” But, in the day of Jesus, some travel avoided the shortest distance. Instead, the route chosen was “out of the way,” not because the travel was easier. Jesus, however,  took the politically incorrect travel route and committed several politically incorrect errors on what […]

Nic At Night


John 3:1-15  He came at night, most likely out of fear of what the others might think. He didn’t ask a question, but Jesus gave him an answer, using what is now one of the most widely-known (and widely misunderstood!) Christian phrases, “You must be born again.” The man was confused by the words – […]

Sign Posts


John 2  I flew into Boston late one night, headed for a business conference in Foxboro. Someplace, I missed a sign for a turn and ended up in Salem (That was before we had phones that would talk to us and tell us how to recover from our driving mistakes). My mistake only added an […]

Behold The Lamb Of God!


John 1:19-51  Imagine standing on the bank of a river, going about your business (which happens to be ministry!). Suddenly, Jesus walks by. What would you say? John the Baptist experienced this. His words? “Behold, the Lamb of God.” And things change from this point forward! How does this connect to our world?