“Those first communities of The Way, like that of John’s Gospel, heard these words in the context of a particular time and particular events in their lives. The persecution of “those Jesus followers” was real and rampant all around them. It was a time they were called to lean and live into this faith of Jesus as THEIR way, THEIR truth, and THEIR life, even to THEIR death. Now two millennia later, the words of Jesus invitation into this LIVING faith still echo for those of us along this journey, but it is a different time and context. Sadly, these same words of invitation into a LIVING faith are often used as a bludgeon against “those other people.””
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