I used to hear preachers talk about their experiences with their children and roll my eyes. They’d always say things like how God was teaching them trust through watching their kids grow, or how they watched their own inner turmoil by watching their kids wrestle with tough questions. And I’d think to myself, “Sure.”
Earlier this week, our youth minister, David Fraze sent me an interesting survey about families in America. The survey didn’t appear to have a blatant bias against or toward media. But it did ask a lot of poignant questions about the use, or overuse, of home media in American’s homes today.
HOW TO START A RIOT #3 – Calling all Prophets One of the central driving forces for the early Christians is that God had poured out his Spirit on all people. Women, men, boys and girls, everyone was now a representative of God. And this is what that looks like.
Sometime during college I went through a pretty significant transition about how I considered the gospel. I began to see it as good news for the world, not only in the age to come, but also in this time and place.
And that transition, was due in large part, to a dead preacher from Alabama, named Martin Luther King Jr.
By now most everyone has probably heard about the devastating earthquake that has wrecked and ended the lives of many of the people of Haiti. If you’ve seen the pictures chances are you’ve had your world rocked with the rest of us. I think there is something that’s inside of most people that just instinctively knows that this is a taste of hell. This isn’t what God intends for the world that He said was good.
Continue reading Theodicy
The Gospel of Luke has always been one of my favorites. Luke tells the story of Jesus with an eye toward the oppressed and those on the margins of society. And he makes sure that his readers know that this is what it means to be a follower of Jesus. To care for those that are easily overlooked. Like Lazarus. Continue reading Looking for Lazarus
Last night on a flight to St. Louis I had a conversation with a very unique man. He was agnostic, and really, really interesting. He was the assistant Grand Marshall of Arms in D.C. And he had rubbed shoulders with the elite and powerful of this country.
When he asked me what I did for a living, the conversation turned toward the Bible. He knew the basic characters, and I guess was trying to be polite and make conversation. But then he said something that I felt needed a reply. He said he was glad that the Bible was around, it gives people something to strive for. But he could never be as good as those characters in the BIble.
So I told him that he already was.
And here’s what I mean by that: Continue reading The Start of Our Stories
There’s a time toward the beginning of Jesus’ ministry where his popularity is starting to pick up steam. He’s in the middle of a teaching when several guys just lower their lame buddy through the roof, making it one of the most awkward sermons delivered in the Bible. But Jesus’ response isn’t to just speak restoration for this man’s legs, but to make a scene…one that would ultimately cost him his life.[audio:http://jonathanstorment.wineskins.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2011/01/Diversions-2-Easier-Said-Than-Done.mp3|titles=Diversions #2 – Easier Said Than Done]
One of the best stories in the New Testament begins with one of the worst days in the life of a woman. She had committed the cardinal sin of Adultery, and now everyone knew it…and everything hinges on what Jesus does with her. This story has always fascinated me. It’s a story about the character of God, about the deeply broken nature of humanity, and how beautiful it can be when those two things intersect in Jesus.[audio:http://jonathanstorment.wineskins.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2011/01/Justice-and-Mercy.mp3|titles=Justice and Mercy]
Almost a decade ago I had a Bible study with a young man who was very interested in the story of Jesus. We went through the gospel of Mark together, and at the end of our time together I asked him what he thought about the story of Jesus. His response baffled me. He said that he was glad this was true for me, but it wasn’t true for him. Since then I’ve heard this answer many times, but I had never heard it before then. It caught me off guard. After thinking about this a while, I think I know what he was saying in the best way he knew how. He was saying he didn’t want to be like me. If this is where this truth has led me, he didn’t want to follow it.
This sermon is for him.[audio:http://jonathanstorment.wineskins.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/9/2011/01/Doing-Gospel1.mp3|titles=Doing Gospel]