Living Water: The “14’s”of John

He came from God full of grace and truth

John’s gospel is unique among the four gospels. Catholic scholar Raymond E. Brown referred to it as the gospel with the highest “christology.” You can find within it concepts–such as that of Living Water or the Holy Spirit–that are not addressed at all in the other gospels or only minimally addressed.

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Trump’s Futile Efforts to Appease the Jews

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‘Israel accepts Jews only; and American Jews do not object to it; they do not compare Israeli leaders with Hitler or Trump…’

[ Ed. note – Israel Shamir is a noted author and commentator on Middle East issues. His books include Galilee Flowers, and Cabbala of Power. He is also a former Israeli and a Jewish convert to Christianity. In the article below he argues that the attacks on Trump we are seeing today, and particularly the strident protests over the president’s immigration ban from seven Muslim countries, are in reality a continuation of the war against Christianity, though under a different guise.

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Washington Post Touts Lady Gaga as Model Christian

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Lady Gaga, touted by the Washington Post as a model Christian, performs at the Super Bowl

By Richard Edmondson

Is Lady Gaga the embodiment of “Christian values”? Mention of the performer’s name likely would not conjure up such an image in most people’s minds, yet this is the view expressed in an article published yesterday by the Washington Post.

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Israeli Police Prepare for the Coming of the ‘Messiah’

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By Richard Edmondson

In the photo above we see Israeli Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh along with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. It is reported that Alsheikh is anticipating the coming of the Jewish messiah in the not-terribly-distant future and that he and his police forces are preparing for large crowds expected to converge upon the Jewish state when the glorious arrival takes place.

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Palestinian Christian Confronts Southern Baptists Over ‘Pray for Israel’ Resolution

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Jamal Bishara is a Southern Baptist preacher. He also happens to be Palestinian. At a Southern Baptist Convention held last year in St. Louis, Bishara strongly opposed a “pray for Israel” resolution that was introduced–a resolution that also condemned the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement but which had nothing to say about the suffering of Palestinians under occupation.

In a recent podcast with We Hold These Truths, Bishara related the story of his attendance at the convention, his opposition to the resolution, and the responses to it. You’ll also hear the story of how he came to be involved with the Southern Baptist church–and why he remains despite the Christian Zionist theology adhered to by much of its membership, including many, if not most, of its pastors. (He believes that someone must be the “salt and light” within the church.) You can go here to listen to the podcast.

Putin Befuddles the West: A Lesson From Scripture

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What is it exactly with the leaders of the West and Vladimir Putin? Clearly they view Russia and its president as a threat, but why?

We have heard endless stories of “Russian hacking” and “Russian aggression,” while Putin has been called a “thug,” a “dictator,” and Russian forces have been accused of bombing hospitals in Aleppo–in fact Russia, it seems, bombed the “last hospital” and killed the “last doctor” in Aleppo on at least five different occasions in 2016: on November 18, July 30, July 23, April 27, and sometime either in the last week of January or early February (see here, here, here, here, here, here, and here ).

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