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"The best of a book is not the thought which it contains, but the thought which it suggests; just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones but in the echoes of our hearts."

- John Greenleaf Whittier

These books are intended to stimulate your thinking. They are not the final product of all thought, but are rather another step along the path of growing our faith. I wanted to take some of the complexity of Christian thought and put it into a simpler form so that those without theological training can understand their faith.

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Famous Last Words

A Study on the Book of Revelation
Peter S Grassow

The Book of Revelation is a difficult book in the Bible. This is because there are many different interpretations of the meanings of the various names and stories in the book. That is why, in the 4th century, Gregory of Nazianzus and other bishops argued against including this book in the New Testament. In the end it was included in the Bible, although it remains the only book of the New Testament that is not read within the lectionary of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

This teaching series, entitled “Famous Last Words”, refers to the idea that the Book of Revelation is positioned in the Bible in such a way that its stories are literally the ‘last words’ of Scripture.[1] The title also refers to Jesus – who is the Last Word of all that we need to know about God. I would refer readers to Eugene Petersen’s Reversed Thunder,[2] as well as N. T. Wright Revelation for Everyone (London: SPCK 2011). This study is to be read in partnership with a copy of the Bible – so that you can read the study passages. The quotes are from the Good News Translation, which has been chosen for ease of reading English.[3] May this booklet inspire you to participate in God’s dream of the renewal of the earth.

Reading the Gospel of St John

A companion to reading the Gospel of John
by Peter S Grassow

This is not an academic study. It is a companion to reading the Gospel of John. It is intended for members of the congregation who want to be challenged to think about their faith, about the way the Gospel of John came to be written, and how this can impact our lives as we seek to follow Jesus.   This Bible Study was developed over six months of teaching the Wednesday Morning Group at Bryanston Methodist Church. This is a fabulous gathering of people who are eager to learn more about their faith, while at the same time deeply committed to caring for one another and giving each other courage for life.

I am grateful to Kerry Wetton and Bendi Mashinini for assisting with the printing of the weekly notes, without which I would not have thought of compiling this booklet. 

“To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable” Finley Peter Dunne (1867–1936)