First Glance: Acts 2

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was…

First Glance: John 20:1-18

Then the disciples went back to their homes, but Mary stayed outside the tomb crying. (John 20:10-11a) There was very little celebration that first Easter morning. As Christians around the globe prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus in a few days time, I was struck by the contrast with that first Easter morning. We…

First Glance: John 11:1-45

“Jesus wept” John 11:35 In English, this is the shortest verse in the Bible. I remember this because, like many of my friends in Sunday School, we would cite this verse any time we were asked if we had any verses in the bible memorized (I won my share of Sunshine Dollars from this one).…

First Glance: John 4:4-42

“Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” John 4:29 John 4 is a story of transformation. An unnamed Samaritan woman encounters Jesus at Jacob’s well in Sychar, Samaria. He asks her for a drink, which surprises her. A Jew would become unclean if he drank from…

First Glance: John 3:1-21

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth: no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3 In the late 90s in America, it seemed like almost every week we were getting sent another free disc from AOL (an internet service provider). Try AOL 6.0 – 500 hours…

First Glance: John 1:29-51

The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!” When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. (John 1:36-37) Throughout this passage testimony plays a huge role. John testifies that Jesus is “God’s Chosen One”. When he points Jesus…

First Glance: Genesis 15

“Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness. – Genesis 15:5-6 Growing up, the story of Abraham was one of my favourites. I had several cassette…