Punishment and Grace (Jonah, Part 5)

Punishment and Grace (Jonah, Part 5)

And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you. Jonah 1:12 (KJV) … Listen to how selfish and cowardly Jonah is being. Jonah doesn’t offer to...
Wake Up, Sleeper (Jonah, Part 4)

Wake Up, Sleeper (Jonah, Part 4)

While the storm rages in a mighty display of God’s power, Jonah hides away down inside the ship, indifferent to the peril of the sailors above. While the sailors futilely cry out to their gods to save them from imminent death with no power to save themselves, Jonah is...
March: Lions and Lambs

March: Lions and Lambs

I’ve heard it said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. It’s talking about the weather, about the belief that there must be balance and so if March starts off roaring and wintery it will end docilely and springlike. And it seems to be...
Fleeing the Father (Jonah, Part 3)

Fleeing the Father (Jonah, Part 3)

Verse three of Jonah 1 says that Jonah fled to Tarshish from the presence of God. It sounds silly to us, because duh, Jonah, you can’t get away from God. His presence is all over the earth; you can’t hide from Him. But the study book and my pastor brought...
Heart Surgery

Heart Surgery

I wish I could simply place a bandaid–or two or three or more–over my heart and have it heal. Bandaids make boo-boos better . . . right? No. Bandaids don’t heal gaping wounds. Your heart needs stitches. But–but...
Hate and Fear (Jonah, Part 2)

Hate and Fear (Jonah, Part 2)

The city of Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, one of the most powerful empires of its day and notorious for its unmatched cruelty, violence, and oppression (See Nahum 3:1-4). … To go into a city known for wickedness and violence and pronounce God’s impending...
Called to Leave (Jonah, Part 1)

Called to Leave (Jonah, Part 1)

I asked people (on here, on Instagram, and face-to-face) which blog post series they would prefer to read first: Jonah or Psalm 23. Jonah won (8 to 3), so here we are! For most of the posts (perhaps all, honestly), I will be referring to the study book on Jonah that I...
Holding You in the Light

Holding You in the Light

There’s a phrase that the Quakers use when they want to tell someone that they’re praying for them continually–“I will hold you in the light.” … Grace Anne, @totallygraced, Instagram post (underlining added) I read these words...
Truth Be Told

Truth Be Told

Lie number one you’re supposed to have it all together And when they ask how you’re doing Just smile and tell them, “Never better” Lie number 2 everybody’s life is perfect except yours So keep your messes and your wounds And your secrets...
I’m Fine

I’m Fine

Go to church ev’ry Sunday, People always ask “How you doing?” I always reply, “I’m doing just fine.” But lately I’ve felt like a hypocrite Hiding behind those words–‘Cause really it seems like I’m falling...