Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • God keeps speaking! Word (Hebrews 1:1)

    God cannot be kept out! “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways,  but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1) Many and various ways. I recall teaching my kids to read and putting my finger under the word,…

  • The Way to Christmas: Herod’s dilemma

    In his arresting Advent sermon “The Coming of Jesus in Our Midst,” Dietrich Bonhoeffer said this in response to our tendency to turn the Incarnation into sentimentality: “We have become so accustomed to the idea of divine love and of God’s coming at Christmas that we no longer feel the shiver of fear that God’s…

  • The beginning of transformation (John 1: 43-51)

    All transformation begins with encounter Think of Paul on the road to Damascus, or the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. The meeting begins a process of journey, discovery and change. I don’t think that our ‘transformation’ is ever complete, for there is a continual and eternal change from ‘glory unto glory,’ but encounter…

  • Christmas wrappings?

    Bring a toddler anywhere near the presents under the Christmas tree and there’s an invariable response: they seem to get more involved with the outer box than the inner present. The wrapping paper creates more excitement than the gift. The picture above seems to suggest that the same is true about adults. Is that also…

  • Word: God at work (John 1)

    The Word is God at work We’ve been considering the first chapter of John, and its conception of the cosmos. According to this amazing passage, the Word, through whom the world was created, the one who gives light to all people, became a human being. God lived among us and died among us. In this…

  • A Theology of Witness (2) – (John 1)

    John’s witness transcends all of time as he bears witness to the light that has come into a darkened world: “He (John) came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light but he came to testify to the light. The true light,…

  • A Theology of Witness (3) – (John 1)

    “It is not about me.” We’ve been considering the concept of ‘witness’ as it is portrayed in the first chapter of the Fourth Gospel and how that pans out in our lives. First, think about the line: “It’s not about me.” That is the message whenever people in the Fourth Gospel ask John the Baptist…

  • Who is Jesus? The Question of Identity (John 1:29-42)

    It makes an interesting exercise to go through the first chapter of John and underline all the titles of Jesus. See if you can find twenty. It’s like a Table of Contents for the entire book. And, of course, the Gospel completes its main narrative on the same point, at the end of 20:31, thus:…

  • What is the “Good news of great joy”?

    “Good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).     Read that verse carefully, one more time, and answer the question in the title. Where in the sentence does the emphasis fall? Where,…

  • What IS Christmas? (according to John 1)

    If John 1 was the only Christmas story that we had, how would we understand this holiday season? Christmas as the rebirth of God First, we pick up the “In the beginning” association with Genesis 1 and the story of creation. The next verses (1:2-4) secure Jesus’ role as creator with God. Furthermore, God has…

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