Formations 02.18.2024: The Miracle of Repentance

The last time Formations ran a unit on the book of Jonah, the lesson writer received two letters in the same week.

Formations 02.11.2024: Jonah’s Prayer

While none of us have been swallowed by an enormous sea creature (at least I hope not!), most of us have been through experiences where we felt stuck in darkness.

Formations 02.04.2024: Worth the Effort

In the past few years, I’ve heard more and more about families split apart because some family members see the world differently from other family members.

Connections 09.24.2023: What’s Your Problem?

In general, it is not a good idea to base complex theological understandings on snippets and sound bites.

Connections 01.21.2018: A Second Time

Mr. James Boggs died a few weeks ago. He was my Little League Baseball coach. He taught me many lessons; one in particular has stayed with me through the almost half-century that has passed since those days. I was at bat. I don’t remember all the details, but I know that we had at least one runner on base.

On Election Day

We read the end of Jonah’s story on Election Day for the United States. In less than twenty-four hours our fears will be relieved or realized.

Formations 05.25.2014: Human Libraries Combat Prejudice

The Main Branch of the Long Beach (CA) Library will feature a “Human Library” event on May 31. Such events were first created in Copenhagen in 2000 by Stop the Violence, a team of five activists who were disturbed by the stabbing of a friend and wanted to do something about it.

Formations 05.18.2014: A Reluctant Prophet

In the Old Testament, obedience ranks high on the list of things God expects from God’s people. Granted, the Bible is clear that there are also other, nobler responses to God: love, adoration, faith, etc. But these things count for little if we are unwilling simply to do as God says.

Formations 05.11.2014: In the Belly of the Beast

As children, we may have been fascinated with the great fish (usually depicted as a whale) that swallowed Jonah and later spit him out on the shore. To our young, impressionable minds, the whole thing must have sounded like a harrowing adventure.

Formations 05.04.2014: President Condemns Deserting Ferry Crew

The world continues to grieve with the people of South Korea after the sinking of the Sewol ferry last month. Adding to the grief is the knowledge that the inaction of the captain and crew likely contributed to the tragedy.