Category Archives: Jesus

The Saddest Passage in the Bible to Me (John 666)

In this series on the feeding of the 5000, we have discussed the historicity of the event, how it backfired and led to a serious crisis, and how it is connected to the story of Jesus’ temptation by Satan in … Continue reading

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Did Satan Really Tempt Jesus in the Desert or is There Another Explanation?

We have been reading the feeding of the 5000. While it was a powerful demonstration, in the end it backfired badly. In John 6, the crowd tried to make Jesus king but Jesus explained that he, himself, was the true … Continue reading

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The Temptation of Jesus in the Book of John–without Satan

All four gospels tell the story of the feeding of the 5000. Matthew and Luke follow Mark’s account, but John includes more detail–as though from a separate memory of the event. And John also adds the critical aftermath of the … Continue reading

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Yes, Jesus Fed the 5000—But it Backfired Badly!

We all know the story of Jesus feeding the 5000; all four gospels include it. What many do not notice is that it backfired badly and created a crisis. We explore that crisis in this two-part article. Mark 6 tells us: … Continue reading

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Do You Know Someone Who Wants to Know How to Begin Following Jesus (without the baggage)?

Early in my blogging history (2013), I developed a page on How to Follow Jesus. Some of you might have read it. I have never been quite satisfied with it, though, and have revised it several times. The main problem … Continue reading

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A Surprising and Significant Twist in the Good Samaritan Story Most People Never Notice

When Jesus told an inquirer that if he would ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ he … Continue reading

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How So Many Believers Completely Misunderstand God’s Love in John 3:16

I suppose most believers think John 3:16 is one of the most wonderful passages in the Bible—and I agree! This passage tells of God’s love for us in a very proactive way. This is why “John 3:16” is found everywhere: … Continue reading

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