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Straight to the Heart of John

60 bite-sized insights

by Phil Moore


Price: £8.99
Publisher:Monarch imprint of Lion Hudson
Published:May 2012
This is the second book in Moore's Straight to the Heart series that I've read, the first being Straight to the Heart of 1 & 2 Samuel. This one was good but, for me, it didn't quite reach the heights of the previous one, which I found excellent. Still there are some great insights here, e.g. that believing in Jesus in John's gospel means believing into Jesus. I really liked some of his insights around Jesus' crucifixtion, e.g. that the blood on the vertical and horizontal beams of the cross should make us cast our minds back to the blood of the Passover lamb sprinkled on the doorposts, and the fact that tetelestai (Jesus cry, "It is finished") also means "paid in full" when used of a debt. Good too is his comment that John 20:23 ("If you forgive the sins of anyone, they are forgivenů") isn't telling a few clergymen to absolve their congregations but every Christian to go out and preach the gospel to the world. I was a little disappointed that, in his chapter, 'Why God doesn't heal', he fails to mention that it might not be God's will to heal in every instance, though at least he wasn't suggesting that the fault must be with the sick person, e.g. that they must be lacking in faith or that there must be sin in their lives.

Reviewer: Brian Kerr   (18/04/13)
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