The Gospel of John

I Am Sending You

The heavens frighten us; they are too calm;
In all the universe we have no place.
Our wound are hurting us, where is the balm?
Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim thy grace

If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near,
Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine;
We know today what wounds are, have no fear,
Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign
— Edward Shillito, Jesus of the Scars

John 20:19-23

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Turn

If you believe in God, what may you hope for? Everything, or at least everything that really matters: the ultimate triumph of life over death, justice over injustice, peace over war, love over hate and happiness over unhappiness. ‘An infinity of happiness in an infinity of life,’ as Pascal put it…

‘What can people hope for who have never believed in God or who have ceased believing in him? Nothing—that is, nothing absolute or eternal, nothing beyond the “darkest reaches of death”—which means that all our hopes for this life, no matter how legitimate (less war, less suffering, less injustice) run up against that ultimate nothingness… This by no means prevents us from struggling for justice, but it does prevent us from believing in it completely or believing that its triumph can be permanent. In a word, Pascal, Kant and Kierkegaard were right: There is no way for a lucid atheist to avoid despair.’
— André Comte-Sponville, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

John 20:11-18

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Way of Broken Hearts

Once his public ministry had begun, Jesus had nowhere to rest his head, and Mary had nowhere to rest her heart. And now it had come to this, she pondered in her broken heart, in her heart that by its breaking was made whole. That is the way it is with discipleship. The way of the cross is the way of broken hearts.
— Richard Neuhaus

John 19:17-30

Sunday, February 1, 2015

No King But Jesus

I tell you the truth, a man may not make himself king; only the blessing of him who holds the kingship can elevate a man to that high place. For sovereignty is a sacred trust that may not be bartered or sold; still less may it be stolen or taken by force.
— Stephen Lawhead, The Paradise War
Man desires to be more than man, to rule his world for himself
— Sophocles

John 19:1-17

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The State of City Church 2015

Pilate asks his famous question, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:38), and Jesus answers him with a silence that is overwhelming in its eloquence. In case there should be any question as to what that silence meant, on another occasion Jesus put it into words for his disciple Thomas. ‘I,’ he said, ‘I am the truth’ (14:6).
— Frederick Buechner

John 18:28-40

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Whom Do You Seek?

When something more than human seeking is needed if seeking is to be satisfied, then calling means that seekers themselves are sought.
— Os Guinness
In the strange mercy of God the cup of his righteous wrath against the sin of the world is given into the hands, not of his enemies, but of his beloved Son. And he will drink it down to the dregs until the momet comes when ‘I thirst’ gives place to ‘It is finished.’
— Lesslie Newbigin

John 18:1-14

Sunday, January 4, 2015