iMonk Radio Podcast #143

I have not listened to this one yet. Back in 2009 Michael wrote “This week: a few stories from Advance 09. Friendship. Answers to the ‘Too God-Centered’ Objection.”

Note: this is the third episode in a row he has identified on the air as #142. When he posted it to Internet Monk it was labeled 143. (I listened to the first minute just to make the audio file uploaded correctly.)

Jonah for Kids: Part 1

Maybe think of this as a creative writing project. I’m not entirely sure what my motivation for this endeavor is, perhaps divine inspiration. I have an 11-year-old at home and this is sort of a children’s sermon version of the Jonah Runs sermon I preached on Sunday. I printed it out for her and turned in her illustrated children’s Bible to Jonah 1. If you or anyone you know could be served by this series then please share and God bless.


Jonah for Kids
Part 1: Jonah Runs

Jonah is the story of a prophet that did not listen to God. In Jonah 1, he does exactly the opposite of what God tells him to do. When God spoke and told him to go to Nineveh and preach, he tried to flee (run away) from the presence of the Lord. It can’t be done and our hero will learn that lesson the hard way. Notice everything in chapter 1 goes down. He went down to Joppa, down in the lowest part of the ship where he then laid down and went to sleep. Later he is thrown into the sea. The Bible does not use the word down again but we can reason that he goes down into the sea and into the belly of the whale. When the chapter ends he is somewhere under the Meditterarranean Sea.

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Satur-deja Vu

They’re calling it a one in a million shot but it’s probably more rare than that. Over a million Americans could easily play golf this weekend without this happening to a single one of them. Tomas Gomez was going to make one final drive as thunderstorms approached in San Antonio, TX. Friends and family were able to get this shot on video of his golf ball being struck by lightning in mid-air. This was probably God’s way of saying “All right, y’all head on inside now.” Video here, including an interview.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #142

Introduction bits and pieces: Maise is a bushland terrier. Facebook, Twitter, and what is low information action ratio? Critique of Mark Driscoll (keeping in mind this was recorded in 2009, Driscoll did not resign from Mars Hill until 2014.)

Longer discussion of celibacy in Roman Catholicism and evangelical married life. Father Alberto Cutié did in fact become an Episcopal priest.

Link to On Being Too God-Centered and/or Answers/Responses to that question.

Link to Stories of Science/Faith Resolution.

Sign of the Times

We’ve all see the “Now Hiring” signs, open interviews and sign on bonuses being offered. I hear people say “Every place is hiring right now.” Are they actually hiring or are they trying to hire? For businesses to actually hire people have to come in and apply that actually want to work.

The Burger King sign shown here was up for about six hours in Lincoln, Nebraska. Before you complain about work ethic, lazy kids or minimum wage laws let’s add some context. A manager put in her two weeks notice and about eight members of her crew did the same. At the end of that two weeks nothing had changed in the store and that’s when this sign was lettered up at about 6 o’clock one morning. The store has been short staffed for some time and the employees had been working 50 and 60 hours per week to keep it open. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the air conditioning going out in the kitchen. That’s when they had enough. As the marquee sign went viral on social media, the store began getting calls from higher and higher levels of upper management. By lunchtime it was changed to read “Now Hiring, Flexible Hours.” Time will tell.

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Satur-deja Vu

@masterstableblog is the shortcut for The Master’s Table Facebook page. If you happen to be a Facebook user you can like and follow the page to get notifications for new content here. There are currently 690 followers via WordPress and another 191 on FB. There is not a Twitter feed for The Master’s Table but I do link new posts for this blog and sermons from Unity Baptist on my personal feed @clarkjbunch. If you wanted to use these links to share with your friends and social media contacts well that would just tickle a guy pink.

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iMonk Radio Podcast #141

The file says #141 despite Michael calling it 142. We will hear 142 next week.

Small talk about Reds baseball, Advance 09 conference and the book deal.

Short discussion of technology and how it relates to ministry. Longer discussion of The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah. Here is Michael’s review.