I used to underline or highlight the “important” and pithy statements I found in each book I read. Years ago, I changed my routine and stated posting those statements online. Some books merit two or three tweets. A few merit a blog post.
In the present case, however, the only thing I can do is highly recommend my friend John E. Johnson’s wonderful, rich new book, Under an Open Heaven: A New Life Revealed in John’s Gospel (Kregel).
There simply are far too many quotes on a single page to try to post Dr. Johnson’s “important” and pithy statements.
Then again, I want to post what he says as it relates to this blog. In his compelling chapter about Jesus healing a man who had been a paralytic for 38 years, Dr. John E. Johnson writes:
To complicate things, Jesus does not hang around to continue the conversation. Jesus does not heal to amaze the crowds. He does not pause to win applause; He knows that “miracles [do] not readily convert into life-changing faith.” As suddenly as He appears, He disappears.
We should not be surprised. Sometimes, Jesus “disappears” on us. At least it feels that way. He upends and expands our world and leaves us to sort things out…
There is so much more, but I’ll let you read the book yourself. You can find it for sale here (Amazon) and here (ChristianBook). You can also find it for sale on other major online book retailers. Enjoy!