Lent 4 (NL4) March 11, 2018 John 18:28-40 INTRODUCTION: “He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.” We all know his name: Pontius Pilate. He lives in…
Lent 3 (NL4) March 4, 2018) Peter’s Denial (John 18:12-27) INTRODUCTION: A lot has happened since the last story we hear. Where we left off last week, Jesus had washed…
Lent 2 (NL4) February 25, 2018 John 13:1-17 INTRODUCTION: When we left off, Jesus had just brought Lazarus back to life, called him out of the grave, and commanded the…

Lament leads to hope

February 19, 2018
Lent 1 (NL4) February 18, 2018 John 11:1-44 INTRODUCTION The raising of Lazarus is one of the most famous stories about Jesus. It is, of course a story about God’s…
Ash Wednesday February 14, 2018 John 10:1-18 INTRODUCTION Normally when we hear today’s passage, it is divorced from its context, that is, from the sign that appears just before this…

Wiping mud from our eyes

February 12, 2018
Transfiguration (NL4) February 11, 2018 John 9:1-41 INTRODUCTION: Today is the day in the church year when we celebrate the Transfiguration. Normally, we hear a story that can be found…
Epiphany 5 (NL4) February 4, 2018 John 4:1-42 (Samaritan Woman at the Well) INTRODUCTION: John begins this story by telling us that Jesus “had to go through Samaria.” A look…
Epiphany 4 (NL4) January 28, 2018 John 3:1-21 INTRODUCTION A word about interpreting John’s Gospel: We should understand that each of the Gospel accounts shows Jesus fulfilling his mission in…
Epiphany 3 (NL4) January 21, 2018 John 2:13-25 Introduction to the Story: To understand today’s text, we need a bit of background on 1st century Jewish worship practices. In 1st…

God fills our emptiness

January 15, 2018
Epiphany 2 NL4 January 15, 2018 John 2:1-11 Introduction to the story: Today we continue our journey through John’s Gospel. Until now there has been a lot of set-up: on…