Welcome to what we affectionately call "The Jeff & Steph Show," wherein we stare at Jesus, cry at beautiful truths, and make jokes that probably only we think are funny.
We all have questions. Jesus is the answer to all of them. He is more than Sunday School simplicity. He is the irreducible minimum. He is the better Beautiful.
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The Better Farewell: When God Says Time's Up
"Father, the hour has come."
Years after first garnering public attention at the Cana wedding—the one with the best wine—when it "was not yet His time," Jesus finds Himself in a garden across the valley from where He will one day reign. He looked up to heaven, and said, "Father...it's time."
We have reached John 17, what Jeff considers to be the best prayer of all time. It is certainly one of Scripture's highest mountain peaks, if not the highest of them all. The air is thin, and the glory is heavy. We'll be in John 17 for a while. Hike this peak with us.
The Better Farewell: If You Don't Quit, You Win (How to Not Waste Your Wait)
Happy Birthday to 'The Better Beautiful'! In our first anniversary episode, we polish the second half of John 16. Jeff 1) showcases his new Romanian vocabulary and 2) walks us all back from the cliff of anxiety. "Waiting"—for the Lord's return, or for whatever your life fills in the blanks—presses against our confidence, our faith, in very unique ways. How do we hold on?
First, we drink deeply from the well of this tried and true word: He will get us across the finish line. And He will take care of us in the meantime.
DURATION: 47 minutes
The Better Farewell: The Helper
This one word is the hinge of this week's passage. Jeff & Steph wade through John 16:5-15 and ask what it means for the disciples to hear "the Helper is coming" in light of losing the presence of their trusted Rabbi. But we also don't live in the first century, and need to know what it means to live under the leadership of the Helper in the 21st century. So how do we?
Also, we invite you to play a game and eat your favorite treat or a shot of apple cider vinegar every time Stephanie says "Galatians."
DURATION: 38 minutes
The Better Farewell: Hating & Being Hated
"And just maybe, He'll make me a little less cranky."
Our prayer for ourselves this week closes this conversation on John 15:18-16:4, and what it means for the world to hate Jesus' disciples for no reason other than it hates Him. But many questions emerge in this meditation; for one thing, what is hatred? How does it contrast against love? And what planks might we have lodged in our own eyeballs that we need to dig out before we cry "wolf"? Is it possible we carry a persecution complex that we try to sanctify with passages like this one?
The Farewell Discourse offers us some of Scripture's most powerful passages to transform the water of our hearts, minds, and lives into the "better wine" produced when we "abide in the Vine." May we examine ourselves—better yet, allow Scripture to examine us—and allow these words in John's record of Jesus' final moments before His arrest wash over us, and make us better witnesses to the world around us.
The Better Farewell: Obedience
"Dear Father, in heaven...."
Why is this "best blasphemy a Muslim will ever hear" our great comfort, and ultimate anchor for obedience? In John 15:9-17, Jesus uses strong yet gorgeous language to describe the friendship and family offered to us by and through the Father, Son, and Spirit—if we obey. So what is obedience? And how did it wreck the life of a man already "so well behaved," Saul of Tarsus?
Join Jeff & Steph for one of our most favorite episodes to date, Part 9 of our deep dive into the Farewell Discourse.
DURATION: 45 minutes
The Better Farewell: Abide, Apart, Ask
As we come to some of the "glorious peaks" of the Farewell Discourse, this episode brings us to some of our very favorite verses: John 15:1-8—where we get the language to "abide in the Vine."
But how do we persevere through a "long obedience in the same direction" when life is unpredictable and winds around (and within!) us rage? This week, we welcome special guest Martin Mallory to the table with Jeff. Stephanie (who is writing this caption) deliberately stepped out of the way so we could all sit and hear some fatherly wisdom.
Martin serves alongside Jeff on the FAI Board of Directors, and also shepherds the FAI family as the Director of Pastoral Care. We love and are grateful for both these dads in our family.
Grab some coffee and a copy of John's Gospel, and let the Holy Spirit minister to and strengthen you in this episode.
DURATION: 43 minutes
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