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The Man Born Blind
The Good Shepherd
John 9:1-41 Commentary
by Thomas B. Slater
Jesus heals a man blind from birth. Instead of celebrating this good deed, members of the religious establishment accuse Jesus of being an evil person.
There are times when good is not good enough. This is one of the most fascinating social phenomena of contemporary Christian fellowship. This occurs when someone does something that is a genuine Christian act, brings a positive result and reflects well on Christian people and someone becomes angry instead of becoming joyful. It is a sad day when good is not good enough.
This occurs for two reasons. The first reason, obviously, is envy. Some people cannot tolerate the fact that other people have gifts, talents and skills which they do not possess. When someone does something well, they go into overdrive to discredit the good work of others. They say things like “That’s nice” or “That’s cute.” Nothing someone else does is ever good, great, or awesome. It is never pretty, beautiful, or outstanding. It is always barely good enough.
The real issue is that some people simply do not want to share the limelight. They always want to be on center stage or they ...
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February 11, 2018
This is the podcast for John 9:1-41, the Narrative Lectionary reading for Feb. 11, 2018, featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Karoline Lewis. Podcast recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn.