The wedding at Cana stands out as an unusual story in the context of the gospels, breaking many of the normal patterns we associate with the miracles of Jesus. Why does John include this story, and what can we learn from it?
Jesus has no condemnation for the church in Philadelphia, only praise. What was the church doing that Jesus loved so much? How can we emulate that congregation in the midst of a world that tries to drag us from Jesus?
Why would someone defy persecution and hold to Christ in the face of death, yet refuse to follow the teachings of Christ? This is just one aspect of an inconsistent faith that Christ addresses in his letters to the seven churches. In this letter, he tells the church in Pergamum exactly what he thinks of this inconsistency.