The Woman At The Well: a sermon delivered to an unknown community

I. Some general observations about John’s Gospel Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s Well is one of those very rich stories that functions for John as one of seven Signs of the Kingdom. We love these stories from John, especially– the wedding at Cana, Nicodemus’s night-time visit –which formed last week’s Gospel reading, and … More The Woman At The Well: a sermon delivered to an unknown community

Christian Essentials 101: The Bible -Interpretation

The Bible II Understanding the Text “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Ethiopian replied, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” Acts 8:30-31 The Historical Backdrop The most important event of the 16th century is undoubtedly the Protestant Reformation. As the initial New Testament period -the period following Jesus’ ministry when the texts … More Christian Essentials 101: The Bible -Interpretation

Christian Essentials -101: The Bible – History and Structure

The Bible I. History and Structure What is the Bible? It is often referred to as the good book. Yet, it is not a book in any modern sense. The Bible is more akin to an encyclopedia or anthology, a volume within which a number of quite separate entries sit side by side. Their common … More Christian Essentials -101: The Bible – History and Structure