Monthly Archives: January 2010

Theodicy

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.
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The Start of Our Stories

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

Easier Said Than Done

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.

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Justice and Mercy

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]

Doing Gospel

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.

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