Posted by: Ed | May 1, 2009

HEY JUDE Prequel

This weekend (tomorrow night for some of us) we launch our new series called “Hey Jude”.
It is a 3-weekend look at the book of Jude & we’re going to have some fun with the Beatles connection.

Let me offer a few suggestions to get a little more out of the series.

If you need motivation or if you missed it, watch the promo video again from last weekend. It’s great! Dan Stevers strikes again!

Read the book through 5x in 5 different translations of the Bible. Make sure you include a couple of word for word translations (NASB updated, ESV) and a couple of more meaning for meaning translations (a.k.a. dynamic equivalence). Make sure you read the Message & TNIV. The Catholic translation called The New American Bible is a really good translation.

Jude may be short but it is pretty complicated, so there will be questions that you may have as you read Jude that we don’t get to. Feel free to bring them up via the comment part of the Blog or email me & maybe we can put them in next week’s blog.

Finally bring your phone to the service & keep it on. We came up with a fun idea this week. YOU can vote on the Beatles song you would like our band to perform the last weekend of the series. If you want to get a leg up, email, facebook or blog comment on Rod’s blog or this one & tell us WHY you think your suggestion would be a great idea.

Looking forward to this weekend.



  1. easy…”Happiness Is A Warm Gun”!

  2. I just want to know if can download your sermons/lessons on Jude from somewhere or order a cd or something.

  3. “Crabalocker fishwife, pornographic priestess, boy, you been a naughty girl … I am the eggman, they are the eggmen, I am the walrus. Goo goo ga joob!!”

    I’ve always thought this had pretty heavy spiritual overtones.

    (Though I think Clark Pinnock and John McCarthur have argued over whether or not “predestination” is a critical part of the theme.)

  4. After reading the blog, I immediately had a response. Last year at the Grammy’s the cast from Across the Universe performed Let It Be and it was one of the most moving performances I have seen. I couldn’t find a good Youtube of it so I had to settle for this. It is right around 4:07 … Read Morewhen the song starts.

    Oh yeah, and the why. Bob and I both read Jude and then read the lyrics to the song. The book of Jude could be considered a rally for Christ followers to hold true. Minus maybe the first part of the song, which was about his mom, Mary, that was dying of cancer at the time, the lyrics of the song seemed to offer that same overall hope (Jude 1:20-23).

    to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.(Jude 1:25)

  5. My friend Pete and I always had an ongoing “game” of discerning the “hidden spiritual message” (as we would say) in any rock-n-roll song we happened to be hearing at the time while working on our hot rods.

    Actually, it was quite a fun and spiritually rewarding mental exercise. Some songs are easy, some are hard… and usually the “message” was not that hidden, and portrays the lies that the world system tries to put on us, much in contrast to God’s ways.

    Look forward to parts 2 & 3. I’ll have to catch part 3 on the podcast download.

    “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the bible tells me so.” — take away quote from Karl Barth.

  6. I keep thinking about your analogy of a virus in yesterday’s sermon (I guess it was Eugene Peterson’s analogy but I didn’t really grasp it until I heard it in your words). Anyway, the way you put it made the whole thing more palpable to me (I had somehow just been hearing what I perceived as harshness in the text).

    But the virus metaphor I get – whether it’s a disease in the body or corrupting a computer. We have to protect against viruses and work with them when they infiltrate. Sometimes pathology just hits us because we’re unlucky; other times we’re not taking care of ourselves and our immune systems get weak. Thank you for making this clear but man the language is strong – “These people are warts on your love feats as you worship and eat together…” “Lost stars in outer space on their way to the black whole…”

    It seems the challenge would be how to address pathology without necessarily condemning the sick. Having forgiveness for others and ourselves when we become unhealthy and knowing how to treat an illness.

    As for the bad guy who is actually in the house while he’s calling… Very funny. For some reason, I had this image of an old Saturday night live sketch where the pod people took over. I can barely remember it but think it was a similar type of thing. I believe Gilda Radner was in the piece.

  7. Ed – It was so nice meeting a fellow “Matador” after yesterday’s service. Such a small world. Now I know why God lead us to Journey! My husband, Bill and I have been attending Journey for about 8 months now. We lead a home fellowhship group on Wednesday evenings. It would be great if you could come sometime and visit with our group! On a Bolsa note…I’m sure we know a ton of the same people! Have a blessed week….we always enjoy your teachings!

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