Tithing Isn’t about Money

Perhaps the most controversial biblical issue today for believers is the issue of tithing. Many Christians struggle with this principle, either because they don’t understand why they should give 10% (or more), or because they don’t know the root and purpose of doing so. In Scripture, we find answers to both of these questions. It’s important to note that giving …

Two Types of Runaways

Recently, at The Worship Center, we studied the story of Jonah in the Old Testament. It’s easy to see how the disobedient prophet, who travels in the opposite direction from God’s instructions, is running from God. However, I want to examine a deeper truth hidden in this story. We see that the mariners on Jonah’s ship—the crew sailing to Tarshish—respond …

When God Sends a Storm out of Love

The Relentless Grace in the Story of Jonah Most of us are at least marginally familiar with the story of Jonah: a prophet runs from God; a big fish swallows him; and eventually, reaches the people group God called him to prophesy to, resulting in their repentance. Jonah’s story is a small excerpt in the midst of the Old Testament; …