Engaging Poverty in John’s Gospel – Neil Glover – 28th Jan

Neil Glover preaching on being born again (John 3:1-21)

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This talk was born out of a puzzle – how to preach on poverty (this was our CAP service) when reading through a gospel where poverty is rarely mentioned.    Indeed the only place it is mentioned is when Judas says that the woman’s perfume should have been sold and the money given to the poor.  Jesus’ rejoinder that we will have the poor with us always does not seem to be lay adequate foundations for an anti-poverty campaign.

The response came from seeing that most of those Jesus engages with in the first part of John would have known extreme poverty and marginalisation.  Even more, he addresses the cause of their poverty or marginalisation, without ever saying that that’s what he is doing.  So what’s going on?