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Crazy Stories, Sane God By John Alan Turner

CrazyStoriesSaneGod-TurnerJohn Alan Turner has a way of taking something that you either didn’t know was in the Bible or wasn’t sure what in the world it had to do with your life and giving you insight to see your life more clearly through the lens of any given story (even the bizarre, wacky ones). I am pretty convinced that is John’s spiritual gift…the gift of granting insight and clarity to others.

I read through his forthcoming book, “Crazy Stories, Sane God: Lessons from the Most Unexpected Places in the Bible” and was surprised again and again just how relevant he made these stories. Whether it was a prophet calling out bears to maul taunting teens or a story about emergency circumcision John found the nuggets of truth and applicability buried in the story. The book is clever and creative but most importantly it has a real respect for scripture and its usefulness in guiding us closer to God.

When I read this book, I had just wrapped up teaching the book of Judges to our 20s & 30s ministry and I was really left scratching my head on why in the world I had decided to teach it. It wasn’t that I couldn’t make it applicable, it was just that the stories were so hard to get through because they were brutal or hard to jive with the rest of scripture. It showed the people in the Bible in their rawest and most agonizingly brutal form. This book reminded me that these stories need to be taught too…that maybe the very things we so badly want to avoid teaching are the very things that need to be taught. It reminded me that we have to get over our comfort zone and be real about the Bible and not apologize for God or scripture…but let them speak for themselves and stand on their own and be able to present the stories in all their ugliness and brokeness.

So thank you John Alan Turner for having the courage to write this. Thank you for being real. Thank you for turning our attention to these often left out stories and helping us glean something beneficial from them!

Guy On A Buffalo

So some guys took an old movie called “Buffalo Rider”, edited the video and added their own music. This has me laughing so hard! Here are all four parts…Enjoy! Here is the full length, original movie

WordPress is Getting Bought Out By Google

Just a few weeks ago we learned that google reader was shutting down as of July 1. Turns out the reason why is because google is buying up a variety of blog and feedreading platforms, wordpress being one of them. That means a lot of changes here at the blog as all wordpress blogs (bothContinue Reading

Breaking News: Prince William Got a Papercut

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Amazon Has Discovered Millions of Free Tiny Billboards That Are Its Own Packages

Check out amazon’s new found advertising platform…this was a book that came in the mail yesterday. Genius! If the United States Post Office could hire guys who come up with things like this they wouldn’t be on the brink of bankruptcy.

New Google Tool – Bacon Number

You no longer have to figure out how many degrees of separation someone has from Kevin Bacon (not that any of you figured that out for anyone in the last ten years anyway). Just go to google and type in a celebrity name followed by “bacon number” and there it is! Here are a fewContinue Reading

Hotel, Hotel – What Youth Ministers Are Really Doing at That Conference and the Hotels Who Meet Their Every Need

One of my favorites…If you don’t care for the first minute or so just give it another few seconds. It gets funnier and more ridiculous as it goes. What is the most ridiculous thing you have ever asked for at a hotel? Did they do it?

The Only Thing We Need to Get Kids to Look Forward to Going to School

All I can say is, this would have done it for me. Just don’t expect the kids to pay too much attention to anything else once they get there.

Flight of the Conchords – The Issues

Yo Gabba Gabba – Don’t Bite Your Friends

After all the posts on hell I thought I should post something more whimsical. You can only post so much on the topic of hell before you feel the need for watching some Yo Gabba Gabba. This one is called “Don’t Bite Your Friends” In case you missed There’s a Party in My Tummy thatContinue Reading

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