Thesis: the biblical-canonical concept of friendship is not incompatible with radical different-ness between the friends. [This train of thought begins here and it part of a series I've been working on since last year. You can find earlier articles by searching for the theme 'friends'] The different-ness of friends can be seen more subtly when we seek… Continue reading Friendship and Asymmetry
Is equality between friends essential to the concept?
I've been plugging away at a series on 'Friendship' for quite a while now. I apologise for the pause and for the fact that this is a rather larger chunk of thought than usual. In a previous post, The Lord of His Friends, we discussed the difficult connection between friendship and obedience drawn by Jesus… Continue reading The Friendship Hinge.
Jesus turns to the men sharing his table, who have shared his life and been washed by his hands, and calls them 'friends'. But what kind of friendship is it? “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” That sounds like a remarkably conditional form of friendship. The phrase is jarring, almost… Continue reading The Lord of his friends
Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. (John 13:1 HCSB) As Peter gazed upon the scalp of the Christ, the head bowed over his road-grimed feet, and felt the carpenter’s fingers carve the dirt from his toes, the rasping of the towel, he partook of the body… Continue reading You, I call friends
When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him, she fell at His feet and told Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died!” When Jesus saw her crying, and the Jews who had come with her crying, He was angry in His spirit and deeply moved. “Where have… Continue reading Lazarus our friend