Simon Vibert

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Lives Jesus Changed -  Commendations

If we were only allowed one book of the Bible on a deserted island many of us would take John’s Gospel. Its depths are fathomless. Therefore any new book opening up new treasures from the fourth Gospel is very welcome. One of the ways in which Matthew, Mark and Luke’s Gospels differ from John is that they recount Jesus speaking to crowds, whereas in John, we have many private interviews and conversations. This is the realm that Simon Vibert has marvellously mined in Lives Jesus Changed. Quite rightly the emphasis is not so much on the characters themselves but rather on the Lord Jesus and what He was – and is – able to do in numerous lives. Each chapter is very accessible and heart-warming. The detailed appendix reveals just how much meticulous scholarship lies behind this captivating book. Jonathan Fletcher Vicar, Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, London

Simon Vibert puts the rich humanity of John’s Gospel within reach of all of us. His relaxed and personable style and his winsome images and anecdotes combine with a thoughtful understanding of John’s purposes to make Lives Jesus Changed both readable and encouraging. The portraits of the wide range of people Jesus encountered offer a realistic hope that our contemporaries—whoever they are—can be changed too. Dr Vibert’s vivid pictures of the characters are deftly crafted to keep Jesus at the center in a way a curious outsider to the Christian faith could profi t from. Seasoned pastors will enjoy this down-to-earth review of the Gospel of John, and will benefit from Dr Vibert’s example as an expositor. I look forward to the impact this volume will have. Greg Scharf Associate Professor and Chair of Pastoral Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois USA

Everyone loves a good story, even if story telling is something of a lost art. What grabs us is the human interest. The loves and hates, the hopes and fears, the anguish and the small satisfactions that make up personal lifelines. We can identify with these dilemmas. John the evangelist was a consummate chronicler and Simon Vibert’s book reflects his genius. Once it was thought that John was further away from the action than the other gospels. Vibert shows us how the form is the vehicle that carries the story forward. In fact we feel close to these people and are drawn into their stories. They’re not celebrities but common and garden folk like us. Through their eyes we see the one “celebrity” who counts as if we were standing in their shoes. So we meet the one who is more than a passing fad, but God’s own Son, and meeting him we find there is a way home. Paul Wells Professor of Systematic Theology, Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée, Aix-en-Provence, France