John: An Unhurried Gospel

November 20, 2019

Matthew, Mark, and Luke write like kayakers on a swiftly flowing river with occasional patches of white water. There’s never any doubt that they’re going where the course of the river takes them. But John is more like a canoe on a quiet lake, drifting unhurriedly, paddling leisurely to take in the sights along the shoreline, noticing rock formations, observing a blue heron fishing in the rushes, pausing and drifting to sketch cloud patterns reflected in the glassy water.

More like a canoe on a quiet lake.

So as we get ready to travel the smoothly flowing rhythms of John’s prose, prepare yourself for some breathtaking scenery.

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