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Jonah and the Fail (or why you're more like Jonah than you think)

Almost everyone has heard the story about a guy named Jonah getting swallowed by a whale. And almost everyone seems to have an opinion about whether it’s a true story or parable, myth or exaggeration. But what if all the Sunday school classes and storybooks and flannel graphs and movies tell the story without ever actually tellingthe story? What if we've missed the whole point?
Just to make sure we are all on the same page, here is a basic summary of the story. A man is sent by God to tell a massive city full of violence and injustice and greed that there is a better way. The message is a difficult one: if they refuse to turn toward that better way destruction is coming. This man doesn't want to go so he jumps on a boat headed the opposite direction. The first chapter of the story repeatedly reminds us that he is trying to get away from God, we just don't know why. But his efforts prove to be futile when God sends an epic storm that threatens the lives of all the men on the…