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Jonah: Sorry, Not Sorry

Have you ever heard of the non-apology? Here's the definition from Google. Non-Apology : A statement that takes the form of an apology but does not constitute an acknowledgement of responsibility or regret for what has caused offense or upset. We see the ALL. THE. TIME. in politics and the like. Some politicians are absolute masters at the non-apology. Common examples of the non-apology are statements like  "I deeply regret...", "Mistakes were made...", "I'm sorry you feel that way...", or even the prevalent "I'm sorry, but..." These all take on the form of an apology without, as per the definition, acknowledging responsibility or remorse for one's own actions. This article from Cracked explains some of the most common forms of the non-apology and reveals why we fall for them so often. We want to give people the benefit of the doubt. We want to believe that people are sincere and that they are willing to acknowledge faul

Jonah: Head Above Water

When we left off , our rebellious prophet was recruiting the pagan Gentile sailors to assist him in committing suicide. “Pick me up and throw me into the sea,” he replied, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” (Jonah 1:12) But the sailors didn't buy into this crazy scheme and tried for Plan A.2 - row to shore. But they couldn't. God/the storm wouldn't let them. Jonah tried to force God's hand in overthrowing the Assyrians by running from the mission. Now God is forcing the sailors' hands to throw Jonah overboard - Jonah's idea, not God's, just so we're clear. God never asked this of Jonah. Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm...Now the Lord provided a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. (Jonah 1:15, 17) FINALLY! Here's the fish! Now we get to pull out the flannel graph board and sick a knee