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Pastor Matt’s Bible Minute | 4.30.2020

Thursday, April 30 2020 by Matt Horan

A Word of Introduction about the Gospel of John:

The earliest existing written attribution of this Gospel to the Apostle John, son of Zebedee, was by Irenaeus in his writing opposing the Gnostic Movement in the year 180AD.  While he is not likely the inventor of this attribution, it does show a lack of absolute clarity about the authorship of the Gospel.

Further, it is widely accepted (Boring & Craddock, Frend, and others) that there were two editions of the Gospel–a first edition followed by one added later by members of the Ephesus community who were led by John for a tim (for example, in verse 1:14 the narrator is “we”).  The additions expounded on some of the theological implications of the elements of the first edition, which were a simpler narrative of Jesus’ words and work.

However, the attribution of an author was usually, frequently done not to deceive, but rather to locate the Gospel theologically by associating it with the point-of-view held, as well as the intended audience being reached.  Attribution to John’s by his students in the Ephesian church would give this clarity to its readers as a helpful reference point as it was circulated among the churches of the first and second centuries, AD.  However, in light of the lack of other potential candidates, as well a my own personal belief, I’ll refer to the author as John going forward.

John 1:1-5

Right off the bat John takes issue with the Gnostics, a group who’d invented a complex pre-creation mythology to explain how evil came to be in a world created by a holy God. cat=-79


Pastor Announcement Week!

Wednesday, April 29 2020 by Matt Horan

As many of you know, clergy in the United Methodist Church serve under one-year appointments to their local church made by the Bishop of the Annual Conference in consultation with the District Superintendents.  Clergy can be re-appointed as many years as the Bishop deems appropriate and effective, but we also commit to move if ever the the time comes when the pastor is needed elsewhere.

The appointments of pastors to Florida United Methodist Churches in 2020-2021 were announced this week! cat=-79


John and Matt Test Drive “Thought Texts”

Monday, April 27 2020 by Matt Horan


Pastor Matt’s Top Ten Reasons for Worshipers to be Thankful for Online Worship Services

Thursday, April 23 2020 by Matt Horan

Sorry Pastor Matt, but no, seeing you online did not make the top ten.

10.)  If the sermon this morning isn’t that interesting, you can just watch a recording of a previous service when it was.

9.)  Two words:  Church.  Snacks.

8.)  Since it’s going to be recorded, if you want you can watch Sunday worship on Tuesday.  

7.)  You’re quarantined, so everyone you’re watching with is related to you.  If somebody around you sings really bad, you can just tell them. cat=-79


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