July 2nd, 2017 - 4th Sunday after Pentecost
Pastor Paul is preaching.
Theologians barely allowed Jesus time to ascend from the earth before they took up the debate, and it continues to rage even to this day: How active truly is God in our world?
Is He the absentee landlord who created us and promptly plopped us down here before jetting off on an eternal holiday? Or is He the direct author of every moment of our lives, responsible for every occurrence, good and bad, that occurs throughout time? By the time the prophet Jonah completed his now biblically documented journey, from storm-tossed, to the belly of a great fish, to sun-stroked outside the city of Nineveh, to He had seen a God of both extremes. Perhaps the truth is that our holy and merciful God operates somewhere in between.