I've been teaching the Gospel of John in various formats and churches for two decades. Last year I had the inspiration to compile all of those lessons into a book. I would call it A Gospel of a Different Color, a reference to my 94-year old grandfather, who would say, "Well that's a horse of a different color!" whenever someone would make a surprising play during a game of cards. John became a gospel of a different color for me when I first noticed how different it was from the other gospels. The book is dedicated to my grandfather, Don Guffey.
Over the past eighteen months or so I wrote out my manuscript, attended a Christian writer's workshop at Princeton Theological Seminary, struggled with writer's block, and, worse, writer's insecurity (who's going to read it???). But I was able to overcome those doubts, and the dream of a book is now a reality!
Who would enjoy reading the book? Anyone with a curiosity about the Bible and the personality of Jesus. Folk who are new to the faith will learn about Jesus' mission to reach every person with his love and grace. Individuals who have more biblical experience will discover more depth, specific to this particular gospel.
- What makes John different?
- What's in John but not the other gospels?
- What's in the other gospels but not in John?
- And why does all of this matter?
Groups (Sunday school classes, Bible study discussions), can spend 4-6 weeks learning together. Leaders, whether they are lay teachers or preachers preparing a sermon series on John, will find engaging helps throughout the book. It is formatted in a unique way to facilitate reflection: each chapter has several "For the Teacher and Preacher" sections, which offer thought-provoking questions about the material just discussed. And each chapter ends with a sermon I preached in my current appointment which builds the discussion even further.
You can buy the hard/soft cover book now on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or have your local Christian bookstore order it. The e-book version is now available on Amazon.
Or: we'll have a book signing event at Custer Road UMC Sunday May 29, following each worship service (10:05-10:25; 11:35-whenever).You'll get a discount!
If you can't make that date we'll have more copies available June 5, my last Sunday at Custer Road. Or order on your own and bring it by anytime between now and June 5. Thanks for everyone who supported me through this process. It's been fun. I hope the book is a blessing to you!