Narrative Lectionary

Jesus washes his disciples' feet
Commentary on John 13:1-17

John’s Gospel has been leading to chapter 13 and beyond. John 12:50 is the end [...]

John 11:43-44
Commentary on John 11:1-44

(Author’s note: I discussed the latter part of this pericope in an earlier essay for [...]

John 10:27
Commentary on John 10:1-18

John 10:1-18 may be one of those texts that is best read with two frameworks [...]

Blind Man's Meal
Commentary on John 9:1-41

As someone who teaches exegesis, I will be the first to rate this text as [...]

Matthew 10:42
Commentary on John 7:37-52

This passage is tightly connected to and shares parallels with the one immediately preceding (7:10-36): [...]

bread baked with crosses on top
Commentary on John 6:35-59

When clergy invite me to speak at their church, I ask them what they are [...]

child wide awake in bed
Commentary on John 4:46-54

This story is the first of the only three healing stories that occur in John. [...]

Woman at the well with Jesus
Commentary on John 4:1-42

Recently I taught a series on the Gospel of John in a church, as I [...]

Nicodemus and Jesus on a Rooftop
Commentary on John 3:1-21

The story of Nicodemus forms part of the “Cana to Cana” cycle of John’s Gospel [...]

Jerusalem Temple from 2nd Temple Period
Commentary on John 2:13-25

Most of us are familiar with the story of the Cleansing of the Temple, when [...]