Jonah is not only a mean angry bigot, he is also a liar and a hypocrite.

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Jonah’s troubles began right at the beginning of the book that bears his name.

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It is tempting to launch a scathing critique of the main character in The Old Testament book of Jonah. And, many commentators have heaped scorn and disapproval on the reluctant prophet God sent to Nineveh.

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There have been a number of great comments related to yesterday’s “I’m Sorry” post that I do not want to languish forever lost in the comments section of this blog.

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It was dark… really dark, maybe 3:30 in the morning. Something woke me; I could not get back to sleep so I was making my sleepy, semi-conscious way towards the stairs.

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The words of the Psalmist in Psalm 139:19-22 are mean, vindictive, violent, and hateful.They are not the kinds of words we expect to find flowing from the stylus of a great person of God setting down immortal words of sacred text.

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(warning – this where I begin to move off into uncharted territory and may be entering a land of interpretive fantasy entirely of my own creation. This practice is sometimes known as “eisegesis” ie. reading into the text an interpretation imposed by the reader rather than seeking to allow the interpretation to emerge out of the text, a practice known as “exegesis” – shock alert: preachers sometimes engage in eisegesis!)

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In the end it turned out to be less difficult than I thought it was going to be.

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Dear Molly,

Last Sunday in church you asked me a really important question. I’m afraid my answer was not nearly as good as your question. I hope you will let me try again.

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Chuck Queen is the Senior Pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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