So a guy got swallowed by a big fish, whale, or whatever, right? Weird story, either way, but what does it have to do with us?
In this dramatic presentation from Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster County, you’ll get a glimpse at how the book of Jonah connects with the larger themes of Scripture. By the way, if you’ve never seen a live Sight & Sound performance down in Lancaster County, it’s truly worth your while! Since Jonathan’s parents live near there, we’ve been able to get to a few, including “Samson” last March. And Lancaster County is just plain beautiful, anyway. But I digress.
Seriously, people, Sight & Sound productions are just as well done as any Broadway Musical I’ve attended, and always respectfully done. While they obviously have to embellish the storylines a bit, they clearly do so with historical and theological expertise and like our favorite kids’ Bible story book, “The Jesus Storybook Bible,” find appropriate and elegant ways to show how each individual story points to greater story of Scripture: the Gospel story, the story of humanity’s redemption through the cross-work of Jesus Christ.
(On a side note, in her book “Give Them Grace”–my fave parenting book, to date–Elyse Fitzpatrick uses a common misinterpretations of the book of Jonah to highlight how theology can wrongly inform our parenting.)
Okay, back to the point: “Jonah” will be playing live in Lancaster, Mar 11 – Oct 14, 2017. But we realize that might not be possible to wedge into your busy schedule–or your budget. Luckily, we can at least get in on a little bit of the magic closer to home with an Erie movie night May 2–click here for tickets. Our family will be there, along with others from our church. Won’t you join us?
We hope you get to enjoy that production, but at the same time, we also encourage you not to leave your understanding of the book of Jonah and its message to that one-night event! Consider building on your new-found appreciation of it by joining us for our small group study, also starting this May, unpacking the profound message of what seems like quite the strange story. Believe it or not, it’s something that relates to all of us.
Here’s an overview of the message of Jonah, from the series by Tedd Tripp that we’ll be using as our jumping-off point for this grace-filled study: “In the Book of Jonah, we see God’s righteous anger towards sin and His beautiful grace towards sinners. The truth is, if God weren’t angry with sin, there would be no hope for us.”
How, exactly, does God’s anger and what honestly sounds like a whale of a tale give us hope? We trust you’re curious enough to come join us and find out! Here’s a preview of one of the videos we’ll be viewing together and discussing:
In case you’re not familiar with Tedd Tripp’s ministry, he’s perhaps best known for his parenting book, “Shepherding a Child’s Heart,” which Jonathan & I have both found humbling and helpful in our parenting journey so far and highly recommend. With Tripp’s focus on helping us get to our children’s hearts and lovingly lead them toward their Savior, we’ll be surprised if his Jonah study doesn’t do just that, for all of us.
Tripp calls it “a theology of uncomfortable grace.” Find out how God’s all-sufficient grace was present with Jonah and can also be with you, making a profound difference, even (or especially) amid the least comfortable situations in your life.
Author: Tammy Wagner