Applying Jonah

I just returned from my fortieth high school reunion. Although it was a delight to see so many friends, I walked away realizing that some had not changed at all. Even though so many of us looked so old, there were so few of us making a real go at maturity. The... Read More »

Illustrating Jonah

Those who preach weekly struggle to illustrate their sermons with consistent effectiveness. From one Sunday to the next, how can we develop relevant, powerful (not to mention biblical) illustrations? We’ll consider the book of Jonah as a case study. Suggesti... Read More »

Explaining Jonah

What the Book of Jonah lacks in actual length, it more than makes up for in substantive theological depth. Interpreters who have dubbed the Book of Jonah as a mere fairy tale with embedded lesson therein miss the hermeneutical mark almost entirely. It is true ... Read More »

Important Words in Jonah

Maybe it shouldn’t come as a surprise when we learn how few unique vocabulary words there are in the Bible. If we discount the names and multiple locations mentioned (sometimes only once), the number of unique words drops even more. For instance, while there... Read More »

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