The old Sunday School lesson says that Jonah was swallowed by a whale and spit out three days later to preach God’s message to Nineveh. So the story goes anyway. While the original text does not require the specific word whale be used, Jonah 1:17 does give that account. Historically, the event would have taken place during the reign Jeroboam II around 793 – 753 BC. The context is one of Jonah being commanded by God to go and preach to Nineveh which he didn’t want to do because of his personal and national animosities to the Assyrians. Nineveh was their capital city. Jonah rebelled and went in the opposite direction by sea. God intervened and the men of the ship threw Jonah overboard into the ocean which is where the oversize critter showed up for lunch. It was during his time in the big tuna that Jonah himself repented and thus God caused the fish to vomit Jonah up onto dry land giving the prophet a second chance at obedience. Jonah did obey this time and the text tells us that after his preaching to Nineveh the city repented and accepted God’s grace. Nice story. But did it actually happen and so what? (more…)
Everybody has an opinion. But how do we prove our point? When it comes to Jesus, people usually bring Him into a discussion when they believe He can lend added weight to their argument. Socially and politically speaking, conservatives will bring Jesus up regarding a pro-life position and liberals will enter the Jesus card to support their call to feed the poor and take care of the down and out. Good Samaritan type talk. But what about the passages where Jesus doesn’t always say what we want Him to say? Do we really believe Jesus when He talks about issues that we’re not quite sure about or maybe even just don’t agree with?
What about the times where Jesus spoke in reference to Old Testament accounts as if they were really true? Stories like Jonah and the big fish that are often placed alongside cute little kid myths of the tooth fairy and Santa Claus. (more…)
As I woke up this morning I saw the news feeds about Ferguson rolling out faster than moths to a flame. Some were spot on and some were just downright silly. As the commentary continued it became obvious that very few people were seeing the real root of the problem or even really cared to know what the true answers were. Why? Because it’s someone else’s fault. (more…)
Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church, and the Question of Sin. Join tonight as we look at the question of sin and how to respond to it. As always you can send in questions here on Kingdomology.com, our SND Face Book page, or through our Google + page for quickest results. So grab a friend and we’ll see you tonight at 8p Central. Let the Discussions begin!
A major hot button of our time is the issue of Gay Marriage and the rapidly growing influence of the LGBT philosophy into the fabric of Western culture. While there are indeed major political ramifications to this topic, the real question though rests in the realm of the divine. What does God say about human sexuality? Does the Bible really speak to the issue and is it relevant for today? Are some people created “gay” in the present understanding of the word by God himself? Is this simply a genetic part in the evolutionary biological process? Is homosexual practice really a sin and if so how should it be responded to? Is there really a deeper issue at play here? Who and what are we as mankind and how does that intersect with God and His design? Join us tonight at 8p central for Sunday Night Discussion as we dive into this weighty and sometimes very emotional topic.