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Jonah

Grumbling About Grace

As a famous evangelist was driving through a small, southern town, he was stopped by a policeman and charged with speeding. The man admitted his guilt but was told by the officer that he would have to appear in court.  In court, the judge asked, “Guilty or not guilty?” The minister pleaded guilty, and the judge replied, “That’ll…

A Compelling Mission

Sociology professor Anthony Campolo recalls a deeply moving incident that happened in a Christian junior high camp where he served. One of the campers, a boy with spastic paralysis, was the object of heartless ridicule. When he asked question, the other boys deliberately answered in a halting, mimicking way. One night, his cabin group chose him to…

Running Into God!

It is said that some tribes of Native Americans held an interesting rite of passage for their young men. On the night of a boy’s 13th birthday, he would walk into the darkness of the forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then, he had never been away from the security of his family and…

When Conviction Comes

The book of Jonah is unique among the Minor Prophet’s writings in the Old Testament. Instead of focusing on the repentance of others, this book focuses on the repentance of the prophet.  Unlike so many other faithful followers who came before him, Jonah hears God’s call and simply walks away, shamelessly running away from God’s mission…