'Called to Be Friends' is the result of exciting new research that unlocks the pattern of the Gospel of John to answer these questions. Ian Galloway reveals that John was written as a literary 'temple' that invites the reader inside to meet the person of Jesus. It is constructed as an elegant sequence of narrative panels, each with a section of the Old Testament written in underneath, to create a biblically rich space where the reader can encounter Jesus.
The author's narrative analysis breaks new ground, but Called to Be Friends is written for everyone, and unlocks this beloved Gospel in a fresh and accessible way.
Ian Galloway is Director of the Free Church Track at Cranmer Hall, Durham University, where he trains and mentors existing and emerging church leaders. A church leader himself for over thirty years, with a team of six friends he planted and led what has become City Church Newcastle, now a diverse community of hundreds that serves the North East and beyond.
Married to Heather, they have five children, six grandchildren and two Labradors. They love renovating houses, playing with the grandchildren, scuba diving in warm waters, and walking with their dogs.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in July 2021- 'This book is more than a commentary, it investigates the literary flow of John’s gospel so as to discover who God is through the person and teaching of Jesus and learn what it means to be in God’s family. In that sense it resembles David Gooding’s According to Luke. It is a very refreshing perspective on John’s gospel which flows freely and is very accessible. Galloway sees the power and value of each story and tells it within the overall flow of the gospel and with a relational passion that is true to the character and nature of John’s gospel.
Galloway argues that John’s gospel is about discipleship, having a relationship with God through Jesus and understanding the Father through a relationship with his son. This book is written to capture that thrust and is very well done. Preachers would find the outline and exposition helpful and it would also be valuable for home groups, discipleship classes or as a personal devotional because reading it not only helps you understand John’s mindset, it also encourages the reader to think about the life and teaching of Jesus and to learn what it means to be a follower.'
Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (27 May 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 352 pages