So where’s the fruit? Thoughts on John 15 and the sower and seed

blueberry bushes“I want more fruit, Lord. I want much fruit.” My prayer ran more or less along the lines of that vague reference to John 15. It was summer, and my parents’ blueberry bushes groaned with fruit. I was jealous. In the Love of Christ, my roots ran as deep as those. Of the Water of Life I drank long and often. Yes, I have fruit, but I’m hungry for more. Where is it?

As is commonly the case with these Hard Questions, I prayed and pondered for a while before receiving an answer. Then somewhere Continue reading “So where’s the fruit? Thoughts on John 15 and the sower and seed”

Ask Him what it means

Some people feel frustrated that Jesus spoke in parables, metaphors, what the Bible called “dark sayings.” A friend in small group study said, “Why didn’t he just speak in plain English?” Leaving aside for a moment the fact that nobody spoke in English in those days, plain or otherwise, I can see the point. Why did Jesus seem to want to leave the people scratching their heads or obviously misunderstanding what He meant? Continue reading “Ask Him what it means”