John 3:16-21: Never overdone

I was supposed to teach John 3:1-21 over a week ago in college group, but my car is currently out of commission and I was unable to get to church until well after our Bible study started :(, so my colleague Zephaniah went ahead and taught it.  He did a fine job as always, but since I don’t want to feel like my time preparing was a waste, I’ll write a blog post on the passage.  I’m also bored :).  I’ll focus mostly on 3:16-21 so this post isn’t too long.

John 3:1-21 contains two famous sayings of Jesus:  John 3:3, where Jesus says one must be born again (or from above) to see the kingdom of God, and of course, John 3:16, the most famous verse in the entire Bible.  Though John (and the Gospels in general) are not as concerned about chronological sequence as modern history writers would be, it’s obvious this is still in the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and, therefore, still at the start of his self-revelation as the Word who became flesh (John 1).  Sometime after Jesus’ first temple cleansing (obviously I take it John 2’s account is a different event than the Synoptics’), Nicodemus shows up to have a chat with Jesus, and it is here that Jesus says that one must be born again (or from above) to see the kingdom of God.  The idea is that a radical transformation is needed, wrought by the Holy Spirit, to enter into God’s kingdom.

Then comes Jesus’ famous words:

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Biblical Manhood and the Manhood of the World

I don’t have much time to write this because I’ll be having class shortly, but I’ll jot down some quick thoughts.

Lately, there have been a lot of posts and links on Facebook regarding the fact that some people claim that adolescence doesn’t end until 25 these days.  Many, including some Christian leaders, decried this apparent development, blasting guys in the younger generation for being like boys, presumably different from the good ol’ days where men were MEN.  Back in the day, males worked at the factory at age 15, were married by 18, and were making kids soon thereafter.

I’m somewhat puzzled by this recent firestorm.  It actually isn’t THAT new of an idea that the brain doesn’t fully develop until about age 25, which is not always a great thing (there is a reason why younger people are more willing to take risks, and this can be both bad and good).  But that, however, is an issue of neuroscience.  People aren’t complaining that the brain doesn’t finish developing until 25 because we don’t seem to have significant control over that.  However, it seems like they’re making this connection between that and the fact that we seem to have a lot of “grown up boys” these days.

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