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Jonah: It's about More than a Fish

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What is the story of Jonah about?

Ask that in a Sunday school or church setting and the automatic answer is "A guy who ran away from God and got swallowed by a whale big fish." Because we church-goers know the difference between an whale and a big fish. [insert smug-face emoji here]

Seriously. The whole story of Jonah is about a guy who got swallowed by a fish? Really? That's all we get out of the story?

Do you know how much of the story is devoted to the fish? Three verses. Yes, three. Count them:
17 Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. 1 From inside the fish Jonah prayed to the Lord his God. 10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 1:17; 2:1 & 10) The same number of verses mention the "leafy plant" God gave Jonah for shade. So should we say that Jonah is about a guy who needed a break from the sun?

The story of Jonah is not about a st…

Nice to Meet You, Finally

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Have you ever "met" anyone online or over the phone? Online dating is HUGE right now. There are the familiar sites like Match.com or eHarmony, but new dating sites keep popping up all the time. ChristianMingle targets single Christians across the country. OurTime is geared toward those over 50. All told nearly 40% of single American adults have used an online dating service at one point or another. Of those on dating sites, around 66% have gone on an actual date with someone they met online. The result? About 1 in 4 have met a spouse or long-term partner through online dating. (source: http://www.pewinternet.org/2013/10/21/online-dating-relationships/) That just blows me away. I am thankful that I have never been a "single American adult." My wife and I were high school sweethearts. But I do know how awkward it can be to meet someone in person for the first time after having "met" them online or on the phone. But why does it cause anxiety? Why is it awkwa…