If you’ve ever had the opportunity to help plan and prepare for a wedding, you know that it’s actually a lot of work. And that’s basically the way John the Baptist described his own ministry. He was the best man who came to “prepare the way” for the bridegroom. But once he appeared on the scene, John’s goal was to point away from himself and to place the spotlight entirely on Jesus. On this edition of the program the hosts will unpack this way of thinking about Christian ministry in our continuing survey of the Gospel of John.
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The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel
Many people in our day argue that John is the latest of all the four gospels, and that as such it reflects the most idealized portrait of Christ, rather than the actual Jesus of history. But is this story accurate? Can any of its historical claims be verified? How does John differ from later spurious texts such as the Gnostic Gospels? On this program Shane Rosenthal will discuss these questions and more with New Testament scholar Craig Blomberg, author of The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel.
Host: Shane Rosenthal & Craig Blomberg
What does Jesus mean when he speaks to the Samaritan woman at the well about “living water,” and what are the Old Testament roots of this imagery? Who were the Samaritans anyway, and why were they so despised by the Judeans of the first century? Finally, what can we learn from this text about sharing the gospel with others? On this edition of the program the hosts will discuss these issues and more as they begin chapter four of John’s Gospel.
Host: Shane Rosenthal, Jeff Mallinson, Sam Allberry, & Patrick Crandall
Worship in Spirit & Truth
Throughout Israel’s long history, true worship was limited to the area of the tabernacle, which was later transformed to become the Jerusalem temple. But in John chapter four, Jesus says that “the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth.” What are the implications of this statement, and are there any hints in the Old Testament that such a transition would take place? On this program, Shane Rosenthal discusses this with G.K. Beale, author of *The Temple and the Church’s Mission*.