The disciples are on the sea of Galilee. A storm comes up out of nowhere. Jesus is asleep in the back of the boat. You know the story.
Jesus rebukes the weather. That’s what it says. But you thought God was in charge of the weather, right?
Let me do this topic justice by sending you to the source of my thoughts today.
- Go to the sidebar for this blog and click on “Sermons – Greg Boyd, Woodland Hills”
- Click on ‘recent sermons’
- Select the one for August 22; it was a Saturday night Q & A they had when Rob Bell could only make the two Sunday services. (Some of you might also like to hear Bell from August 23rd…)
- Listen to the first 15 minutes. Let me know what you think. (To save it, right click and choose ‘save link as’ or ‘save target as;’ but you should also be able to just listen live.
It really helps put some things into perspective. Boyd would argue that we attribute far too much to God’s direct involvement that is really the product of natural forces. Like the tornado that whipped through his hometown while the Lutherans were voting on ordination of gay clergy, for example. But let him tell it…
And now for something completely un-stormlike:
This picture is by a friend of mine, Vancouver artist Timothy Clayton from a collection titled, In God’s Country: Vancouver Landscapes. See, and you thought you lived in God’s country!
For you Canadian left-coasters, Timothy has a show October 25th to November 7th at the Havana Gallery. Of note: Timothy is married to actress and film producer Gina Chiarelli.