Mountain God 6: Facing Idols (1 Kings 18)

“It’s not I who has caused trouble in Israel,” said Elijah, “but you and your government—you’ve dumped God’s ways and commands and run off after the local gods, the Baals. Here’s what I want you to do: Assemble everyone in Israel at Mount Carmel. And make sure that the special pets of Jezebel, the four…

Mountain God 5: God’s Quiet Whisper (1 Kings 19)

“Then Elijah was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the…

Mountain God 4: Faith & Obedience (Genesis 22)

I’m reposting this series from 2009 when I was a youth pastor leading a trip to Colorado. Enjoy! -JB After all this, God tested Abraham. God said, “Abraham!” “Yes?” answered Abraham. “I’m listening.” 2 He said, “Take your dear son Isaac whom you love and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering…

Mountain God 3: A Holy God (Exodus 19)

I’m reposting this series from 2009 when I was a youth pastor leading a trip to Colorado. Enjoy! -JB God said to Moses, “Go to the people. For the next two days get these people ready (i.e., “consecrate them”) to meet the Holy God. Have them scrub their clothes so that on the third day…

Mountain God 2: A Holy People (Exodus 19)

I’m reposting this series from 2009 when I was a youth pastor leading a trip to Colorado. Enjoy! -JB Three months after leaving Egypt the Israelites entered the Wilderness of Sinai. They followed the route from Rephidim, arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp. Israel camped there facing the mountain. As Moses…

Mountain God 1: Introduction

I’m reposting this series from back in 2009 when I was a youth pastor. Enjoy! -JB “The mountain is no ordinary place.  It is a dangerous environment of holiness, the place where the ordinariness of human, earthly life has contact with the holy that destabilizes and consequently transforms.  We have trivialized “mountaintop experiences” as though…