Scripture from the ESV 1 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before me.” The writer of Jonah will thematically link his story to that of creation and redemption. Creation: When God … Continue reading The Sign of Jonah, Part III: 1:1-2
I have been upon rough seas and swallowed whole by a great fish. Only, the belching forth was my own work. A bit of a stomach bug is going about, and I received a share in it for my birthday today. The story of the cross may refer to Christ’s passion or to the totality of the Gospel. Talk about one … Continue reading The Sign of Jonah, Part II: Typology
We are studying the book of Jonah for lent at Cornerstone. For the first sermon in the series our pastor, Nate Shurden, focused on the futility of fleeing God. This was just what I needed to hear. Lent is never a season I look forward to. By this time of year, I am often emotionally … Continue reading The Sign of Jonah, Part I: God’s Faithfulness
This series has been written by a divorcee, by a man whose success in love and loving is limited. My right to give advice is questionable. The act of doing so is not only ironic, but also somewhat humorous. I say all that, not to shame myself, but to assure my reader that if I speak … Continue reading Foolish Wisdom Part IV: On the Folly of Advice
It can be easier to point out problems, rather than solutions. To discover healthy spousal love is to discover something so complete and complex that a list of rules will never do. In fact, rules can be a serious stumbling block, just as emotions. If someone were to ask me about love, I might point … Continue reading Foolish Wisdom, Part III
If Christ defeated death, why does Paul characterize it as an enemy in 1st Corinthians 15? Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy … Continue reading The Last Enemy
Did you know that the composer Aaron Copland ran for office once?