John 15 — When Insistence Insists!

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How do you listen for God’s call. Do you hear when God calls? And, when you hear, what do you do?

John 15:1-11      “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. 2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. 9  As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. (NRSV)

[Scripture quotation from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.]

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John 15:1-11 Insists

On behalf of the name of God (perhaps) I am an insistence. Every word the does not insist has been pruned away. All that is left is an insistence that insists, a beckoning that beckons, an invitation that invites, a nudging that nudges, a calling  that calls.  You have already come under the haunting specter of that insistence. Let it resonate within every fiber of your being until it nudges you into a radically new response that transforms who you are and the world in which you live. If you are not nudged by that nudging, insisted upon by that insistence, called by that calling, then we have nothing in common. I invite you; you take up my invitation and, bearing much fruit, become an invitation yourself. When insistence spooks you, you spook your home and your neighborhood, as if every day were Halloween. In so doing you honor the haunting specter that spooks us all — that specter which is as important to us as the blood flowing in our veins and the life-sustaining oxygen that fills our lungs. I hear God’s insistence and invite you into that insistence; you respond to the invitation and nudge your world with that beckoning. Therein is my joy; therein is your joy. May your joy beckon a wholeness within you.

How easy it has been

to attend to God’s insistence

to those persistent nudgesto the callings

how easy it has been

to write papers

to teach classes

to preach sermons

… without being spooked.
“I hear God’s insistence and

invite you into that insistence”


That means following


in the Way of Yeshua*!
No longer just me

and God’s insistence

trying to figure out a response

trying to live into that call

trying to be faithful
Now it is Yeshua*

mentoring me

forming me

leading me

Now there is

a shape

a pattern

a specific Way*

to be followed

I am no longer in control

I am insisted upon

I am no longer looking for options

I am called

I am no longer ‘in my right mind’

I am spooked






encompassed by…

the Way lived and taught by Yeshua*

the Way of peace and justice

the Way of care and compassion

the Way of facing up to and resisting

the principalities and powers

empire and top-down rule

prestige and status

the Way of encountering and finding solidarity with

the poor and marginalized

the least, lost, last, and left out

the unloved and the unloveable…

the way of living in the meantime, the in-between times

the waiting of Holy Saturday

instead of the certainty of Easter

radical insurrection

instead of tamed resurrection

hoping for a better future

instead of planning for more of what is no longer working.

Does God exist?

Who knows?
What does exist, however,

heard through Yeshua’s*

life and teachings

now waiting

to be embodied






made manifest

and whole

in my life and teachings.

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4 Replies to “John 15 — When Insistence Insists!”

  1. Is this what is meant when Jesus says two simple words…..Sell All
    I am disappointed I can no longer print your musings. My I pad must not be compatible with the statement printer friendly and I am not able to figure out what to do

    1. “Sell All” means exactly what it says. It means going “all in”… not holding back anything. Juan Carlos Ortiz has suggested that when Jesus says everything is required (Sell All) he doesn’t really mean everything — just the first thing that came to your mind. Selling all means our most cherished beliefs, practices, thoughts, feelings, relationships, etc. are all under the microscope. It is that which we most cherish that we often hold most tightly. To sell all means to float a little more lightly through life and of course, the difficult part — resisting anything that dominates you or anyone else — government, society, cultural norms, financial systems, religious intolerance, bigotry, and all the -isms.

    2. Re: the Print Friendly button at the bottom of each Post… If it won’y connect with your printer directly, try either downloading a PDF file or Emailing the post to yourself (both options are available on the page that opens when you click the Print Friendly button.

  2. what allowed me to print was that after going into PDF I was able to go into Safarri and safari brought up my printer. Good to see you today.

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