Apr 26 2018
(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)
Peter denied Jesus, Judas kissed him. Who did better? Actions don’t always reveal heart. But heart determines destiny. So guard your heart
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Aug 21 2014
Throughout his gospel John calls himself ‘The disciple Jesus loved.’ Did John think Jesus favoured him above the others? I think not. Did John think he was closer to Jesus than the others? Yes, I think it’s likely that he considered himself to be the closest of the disciples. I will give some evidence for that below. But I don’t think that was the main reason for the description. I think the description was primarily John’s way of telling the world that he experienced the raw love of Jesus and it transformed him.
Evidence suggests that when John first began to follow Jesus he was not the most loving individual. In fact Jesus referred to John and his brother James as the ‘Sons of Thunder’ (Mark 3:17). And we don’t have to look far to know why. More
Nov 16 2012
John 20:1-2, 10-18
“How many donkeys do you have?” the missionary asked. “None, ‘cause I have five wives,” said the tribesman. This was part of a recent conversation between a Kenyan Masai and a missionary I know. Like the Masai culture today the world that Jesus lived in was dominated by men, and women were second class citizens. This was a society where daughters were valued less than sons; rabbis only taught men; women were not accepted as witnesses in court; wives were owned and looked to their husbands as masters; a wife could not initiate a divorce; her place was in the home; and polygamy was rife – Herod the Great had nine wives.
Against this dominantly male background Jesus did the unthinkable! The first people he appeared to after his resurrection were women!* (See the scripture above) Not one man was present! More