Review of The Storm Before the Calm
They shake us.
They soak us
They scare us.
But what if they did something more?
What if the real purpose of storms is to prepare us . . .
. . . for the calm that follows?
That’s the perspectives of the sermons I have collected together in this short volume.
Rather than the usual mindset of “the calm before the storm” -- a mindset that sees calm as the exception and storms as the norm – I wanted to approach the subject from that very different angle.
Calm can – and should – be our life’s experience.
So the sermons you will read take a look at some of the best known storm stories in Scripture, ranging from the two builders of Jesus’ parable to Paul’s shipwreck in Malta and ultimately to Noah’s embarrassing moment after the storm to end all storms in Genesis 9.
These messages were delivered in real time to a real congregation: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, a modern & multi-ethnic gathering souls who are a) patient with my sermons and b) committed to our mission of inviting all people into a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
I have designed this study for individual or group use. At the conclusion of each sermon, I have included both “For Further Conversation” questions and recommended Scripture readings.
My prayer is that you will get the same measure of blessing and energy from reading these sermons as I got from delivering them.