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Philemon (May 2019)

Each photo below corresponds to a chapter-a-day post for the book of Philemon published by Tom Vander Well between 2006 and 2019. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Chapter 1: Broken Relationships, Divine Purpose (May 2019)
Chapter 1: Hollywood Moment in Colossae (July 2016)
Chapter 1: Sometimes You Have to Go Back (July 2013)
Chapter 1: Chapter-a-Day Philemon (November 2006)

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Titus (May 2019)

Each photo below corresponds to a chapter-a-day post for the book of Titus published by Tom Vander Well in May 2019. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Chapter 1: Seeing Past Stereotype
Chapter 2: Kingdoms Rise and Kingdoms Fall
Chapter 3: Simply Walk Away

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1 Timothy (May/June 2019)

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Chapter 1: The Recipe of Stereotype
Chapter 2: “All People” and “Those People”
Chapter 3: The Source Makes All the Difference
Chapter 4: Two Kinds of Fitness
Chapter 5: Responsibility and Need
Chapter 6: The Path to Contentment

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2 Timothy (June 2019)

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Chapter 1: Exaggerating My Exaggeration
Chapter 2: Life Investment, and ReInvestment
Chapter 3: Continue
Chapter 4: The Fateful Knocking

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Mark (Mar/Apr 2020)

Each photo below corresponds to a chapter-a-day post for the book of Mark published by Tom Vander Well in March/April of 2020. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post.

Chapter 1: Non-Transactional Love
Chapter 2: Jesus, and the Religious Rule Keepers
Chapter 3: Resistance
Chapter 4: Seeds, Soil, and Fruit
Chapter 5: Jesus: Unwanted

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Luke (Dec 2019)

Each photo below corresponds to each chapter-a-day post for the book of the Gospel of Luke published by Tom Vander Well in December 2019. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post

Chapter 1: Grappling with “Never”
Chapter 2: Grappling with the Unexpected
Chapter 3: An Ancient Ritual; A Fresh Perspective
Chapter 4: New Ways, Old Ways, and the Inside-Out
Chapter 5: Let Good Rule
Chapter7: Finding God Inside and Outside the Box
Chapter 8: Do I Want Him to Come, or to Go?
Chapter 9: The Pressure of Preparation
Chapter 10: Middle of Nowhere
Chapter 11: Scarcity Thinking Before the God of Infinite Resources
Chapter 12: Acute Worry Warts
Chapter 13: Opposite Instinct
Chapter 14: A Seat at the Table
Chapter 15: Muttering
Chapter 16: Observations of a Mentor
Chapter 17: Yes and Yes and Yes and Yes
Chapter 18: Embracing the Tough Role
Chapter 19: Open Spiritual Eyes
Chapter 20: Lord Protectors of Orthodoxy and Tradition
Chapter 21: Taking a Wrecking Ball to the Edifice Complex of Christianity
Chapter 22: The Look
Chapter 23: Execution Lessons

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Chapter 24: Ladies First
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Two Questions

When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” John 1:38a (NRSV)

This morning I am struck by two questions.

First, John the Baptist was asked “Who are you?” Isn’t this what we’re all asking of ourselves? Isn’t what we are really asking of others? Aren’t we all fundamentally desiring to know and be known? I found it interesting that when asked if he was the prophet Elijah he answered, “no.” Yet, Jesus would later tell his disciples that John was, in fact, the Elijah of whom the prophets spoke (Matt 11:14). John, like all of us, was still seeking to know himself. He saw in part, and he knew in part.

As I approach my 50th birthday in a few months, I find myself stepping back and looking at the big picture of life. My mind evaluates where I’ve been, where I am, and where I am going. I believe I know myself better than I ever have, but the excavations of heart, mind, soul, and spirit are ongoing projects. “Who am I?” is still as valid a question as it ever has been. The answer is still a worthwhile pursuit.

The second question that struck me in today’s opening chapter of John’s biography are the first words of Jesus that John chooses to record: “What are you looking for?”

What an incredible question to pose to the reader. It is the pertinent question for any who read John’s Gospel. What are you looking for? What am I looking for? Savior? Teacher? Prophet? Con man? Jester? Lunatic? Liar? Lord?

John makes no bones about who he is presenting. The first 14 verses of today’s chapter, the prologue, are among the most beautifully crafted in all of God’s Message and present Jesus as Creator, Incarnate Word, Light, giver of Life, and Redeemer. Nevertheless, John seems to understand that no matter how skillfully he gives testimony to the person of Jesus he knew, saw, heard, and touched there remains for each reader two essential questions:

Who am I?
What am I looking for?

 

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