Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 16: 1 (Jesus said) I have said these things to you so that your trust in me may not be tripped up. For they will make you synagogue – rejects; yes, the hour is coming when anyone who kills you will think he’s doing God a service. And they will do […]

The readings for Sunday are: MURROES AND MONIKIE Romans 6: 1 – 11 this passage says that in a sense we share the death and reurrection of Jesus. Our old sinful selves die with Jesus and are finished: and we rise to a new life with Jesus. The language Paul uses emphasises that some things […]

TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY ON JOHN’S GOSPEL JOHN 15: 18 (Jesus said) If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to world, but I chose you from the world, for that reason the […]

TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY ON JOHN’S GOSPEL JOHN 15: 9 I have loved you just as the father has loved me; dwell in my love. If you obey my instructions you will dwell in my love just as I have obeyed my father’s instructions, and dwell in his love. I have spoken these words to you […]

The scripture readings are: Genesis 18: 16-33 Romans 5: 1-8 In the great story in Genesis , Abraham argues with God because he knows that God’s real nature is merciful. He reminds God of his better self! In Romans Paul says that Jesus has demonstrated God’s mercy in being willing to die for sinners. Our […]

TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY ON JOHN’S GOSPEL John 15: 1 (Jesus said) I am the real vine and my father is the farmer. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes away; and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Already you have been pruned […]

Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 14: 15 ( Jesus said) “If you love me, you will keep my instructions, and I will ask the father and he will give you another defender, to be with you forever, the spirit of reality, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. […]

TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY ON JOHN’S GOSPEL John 14:1 “Do not let your heart be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. There are many lodgings in my father’s house. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going to make a place ready for you? And if I go […]

Translation and commentary on John’s Gospel JOHN 13: 36 Simon Peter says to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered, “At present, you can’t follow me where I am going; but later you will follow.” Peter says to him, “Why can’t I follow you at present? I will risk my life for you!” Jesus […]

The scripture passages are Genesis: 1-15; 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 This is Trinity Sunday when we focus directly on God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is the distinctive contribution of Christianity to the doctrine of God, but it’s maybe been made so complicated by theologians, that the down to earth teaching of the first […]