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Jesus Removes All Suspense! John 10:22-30

Jesus Removes All Suspense!

The uncertainty we feel about our discipleship can spur us to dig deeper into the life to which God calls us.

At a Glance

We begin with a discussion of the suspense motif in movies and novels. This is because Jesus is accosted in today's text by a crowd who complains that he's keeping them in "suspense." In what ways are we, too, in suspense as we try to be faithful followers of Jesus?

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's Acts text, see "Sewing and Reaping," April 21, 2013, at

Do you like suspenseful movies? If so, which films would be at the top of your list as the most suspenseful ever made?

If you need help recalling some such flicks, Google "Most suspenseful movies," and you'll be presented with several lists. We checked four of them and found that these movies were mentioned at least once: Silence of the Lambs, Jaws, Rear Window, The Sixth Sense, Psycho, Inception, The Shining, The Prestige, Shutter Island, The Usual Suspects, Seven, Memento and Scream. And there are more.

Suspense is a tried-and-true element of storytelling, so it's often found in novels as...

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