Wanting to be known.

All the way to see Jesus, perhaps, Nathanael was imagining awful things about Jesus. He was lowering his expectations. You know the feeling right? When we are doing someone a favor and we thinking about their neediness and our compassion on them. “I know you think this is the best restaurant ever, but this is […]

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Just come and see.

Philip had a bunch of information about Jesus. He was the one that Moses wrote about. He’s one that the prophets wrote about. He’s from Nazareth. He’s the son of Joseph. From one little conversation with Jesus, it seems, Philip knew a lot. We guess this because right after Jesus invited Philip to follow him, […]

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A simple, surprising invitation to follow.

College admissions offices spend enormous energy recruiting students. Most faculty members don’t. The faculty are part of the product that recruiters sell. “If you come here, you will get to study with Dr. X. He’s the one who wrote that famous commentary on John. In fact, he was on the translation team.” It’s possible that […]

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On not keeping up.

I cannot keep up with all the news reporting on the experiences and thoughts and motivations of others. I cannot keep up with the commentary on all the reporting on all the experiences.  I cannot keep up with all the experiences of the people I know from every part of my life, from every decade […]

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