Parallels Between Jonah and Paul

Both were heading to Spain

  • Jonah 1:3 – heading to Tarshish (in Spain)
  • Rom 15:24, 28 – Paul wants to go to Spain

Both sailed on the Mediterranean

  • Jonah 1:3 – boarded a ship on the Mediterranean to get away from the Lord’s calling
  • Acts 27:1 – It is decided Paul would sail for Italy…they sail on the Mediterranean

Both encountered a great storm on the sea

  • John 1:4 – a great storm comes upon the ship
  • Acts 27:13-14 – a great storm comes

Both crews threw cargo overboard

  • Jonah 1:4 – threw cargo over to lighten the ship
  • Acts 27:18 – threw cargo overboard to lighten the ship

Presence/absence of seeking the Lord’s guidance

  • Jonah 1:6 – pagan captain tells him to pray…Jonah doesn’t
  • Acts 27:24 – an angel has given Paul assurance…he passes that assurance on to the crew

The captain advises Jonah, Paul advises the captain

  • Jonah 1:6
  • Acts 27:10-11

Jonah didn’t listen to the captain, the captain didn’t listen to Paul

  • Jonah 1:6 – captain tells him to pray but we have no evidence that he did. He knew it would do no good
  • Acts 27:11

This reads like Paul is the inverse of Jonah…Jonah experiences these things in his running away from the call and command of God. Paul experiences these things running toward the call and command of God.

Under the Unpredictable Plant by Eugene Peterson

I regret not reading more from Eugene Peterson after reading his book “Under the Predictable Plant”. After 30+ years of ministry, he writes this book back to address many of the issues he faced through his early years in ministry, wishing someone had written this for him at that time. He shares his thoughts primarilyContinue Reading

Jay Guin’s Article on the Future of Progressive Churches of Christ

Thought provoking article and comments on Jay Guin’s recent article the Future of Progressive Churches of Christ. I believe part of the way forward is in us being in tune with how the timeless Gospel intersects the present times. Said another way, how are the eternal truths of the Gospel actually applied and lived outContinue Reading

Churches of Christ at a Tipping Point By Brady Bryce

In case you haven’t read Brady Bryce’s article over at Wineskins, it has gotten a lot of traffic and sparked quite a few facebook conversations – Churches of Christ at a Tipping Point. What is the path forward?

Spiritual and Mutual

These two words have been running through my mind for quite some time. Many of the issues we face as individuals and as churches are a direct result of not being in tune with one or both of these. Being spiritually-minded or tune with the Holy Spirit would save us a lot of headaches. BeingContinue Reading

Wineskins Article on The Missing Ingredient

I am feeling like we lost our desperation in the church. We feel so self-sufficient. It is a shame that often people and groups have to be brought to their knees before they wake up. It is so much better to wake up before you get to that point…the truth is, we desperately need Jesus…weContinue Reading

Favorite Books List: Preaching

As One Without Authority By Fred Craddock – amazing paradigm changer in how we view preaching and the preacher. This is Craddock’s inductive approach and an effort to reconnect the form of the sermon with the meaning we intend to convey. Every preacher should read this book (as is the case with every book onContinue Reading

Favorite Books List: Leadership

Not all of these books are specifically Christian. Most are, but some are not. The thing they have in common is that these books, in conjunction with scripture (of course) have helped shape my view of Christian leadership and Christian service. The two cannot be separated. They Smell Like Sheep By Lynn Anderson – ThisContinue Reading

Favorite Books List: Spirituality and Spiritual Formation

Every now and then I see people list their favorite books of the last year or of all time. I want to take a crack at it as you might find some books in here you want to read and I would love to hear back from you on what would make your list. InContinue Reading

You Are Loved

No matter who you are, what you have done, how you have messed up, or how much you have to offer you are loved. No matter what your accomplishments or lack thereof you are loved. Regardless of your position, marital status, or race you are loved. Whether you are tall or short, big or small,Continue Reading