Schedule

Below you will see dates already booked or close to being filled. Please know, however, that I am in conversation with several churches about additional bookings. If your desired date is still open here, please contact me soon!

You can reach me at 319-431-9934 or jonathan@paraphrasetheatre.com.

I look forward to speaking with you.  Thanks and Blessings!     

+ Jonathan

Feb 16         Grace Lutheran Church             Cambridge, WI         Witnesses

Feb 25        Men’s Night Of Champions       1st Assembly CR, IA   Witnesses

March 8       Riverside Marriage Retreat       Story City, IA            Witnesses

March 12     First Presbyterian                      Mankato, MN           Witnesses

March 19    Redeemer Lutheran Church     Fort Myers, FL          Witnesses

March 23    New Life Lutheran Church         Sarasota, FL            Witnesses

March 26    Peace Lutheran Church            Edgar, WI                 Witnesses

March 30     House of Hope Ministries          Marshall, MN           Witnesses

April 2          Peace Lutheran                         Edmund, OK           Witnesses

April 5          Thanksgiving Lutheran              Bellevue, NE             Witnesses

April 5/6       Thanksgiving Lutheran              Belleveu, NE            Witnesses

April 6         Christ the Servant Lutheran       Norfolk, NE              Witnesses

April 9          Faith Lutheran                           Columbus, WI          Witnesses

April 13       Ascension Lutheran Church     Cedar Falls, IA         Witnesses

April 13        Lord of Life Lutheran                 Maple Grove, MN    Witnesses

April 18         1st Lutheran Church                Kearny, NE               Witnesses

April 20         Hope Community Church       Cottage Grove, MN    Witnesses

April 23         North St. Mark’s Lutheran       N. St. Paul, MN          Witnesses

April 25-27  Youth Encounter Quake Zone    Wi. Dells, WI             Speaker/Actor

May 4           Living Word Lutheran Church  Alexandria, MN         Witnesses

May 16        Psycho-Social Care Conference  Cedar Rapids, IA   Speaker/Actor                      Nassif Comm Cancer Center

June 8      Central Lutheran Church           Elk River, MN              Witnesses

June 20     “Love Like Jesus” Synod Youth Gathering       Grand View College, Des Moines

Summer 2014  - Program Director, Worship Coordinator, Presenter                           Mount Carmel Family Camp and Retreat Center   Alexandria, MN

Oct. 1      Lake Benton Opera House      Lake Benton, MN        Witnesses (Tentative)

Fall           Come 2 Go Ministries                Fort Wayne, IN          Witnesses (Date TBD)

Fall           Discover Church                  Brooklyn Center, MN      Witnesses (Date TBD)

Oct 5         Our Savior’s Luth Church        New Ulm, MN                Witnesses (Tentative)

November and December 2014 Bookings for “Celebrate the Child” are already beginning to fill now! Contact me soon to reserve your date!

Nov. 16     St. John’s Lutheran Church        Danforth, IL  Celebrate the Child (Tentative)

Nov 30      Hope Lutheran Church               Edgar, WI                     Celebrate the Child

Dec. 3       Praise Community Church          Mason City, IA             Celebrate the Child

Dec. 21     Our Savior’s Evang. Lutheran     Delafield, WI               Celebrate the Child

FEBRUARY 2015  HOSTING HOLY LAND TRIP!  Contact me if interested! Details coming soon!

March 4, 2015 – St. Joseph’s Catholic         Marion, IA                   Witnesses

 

 

 

 

 

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Ash Wednesday and Why I Actually Believe the Bible

Thoughts on Ash Wednesday, 2014

Ash Wednesday

People sometimes ask how I can possibly believe, in this day and age, that the Bible is true. After all, I am a relatively smart man. I graduated in the top percentage of my high school class and did just fine for myself in college and grad school. I am not stupid. (Okay, you might want to argue that last point, I realize, but I am moving on…) 

So, how can I POSSIBLY believe the Bible? I am fairly intelligent. I am not a social reject. I THINK I am fairly well-adjusted. I do realize the world is round.

So, why and HOW can I believe this ancient writing to be not only relevant, but TRUE?

My answer contains themes similar to those of Ash Wednesday. I believe the Bible to be true not because it tells me I am spiritually “good” but rather, because it very directly says the opposite. It names the “crap” in my life that I wish was not there.. .the part of me that I do not want the world to see or know about… it names it directly and honestly and then tells me how it has been dealt with. It convicts, but does not shame. And unlike other faith systems, it does not pretend this spiritual problem is not really there, nor does it tell me that I can deal with the problem on my own, out of my own inner “goodness” or effort. I know I can’t… and, thankfully, the Bible doesn’t try to sugarcoat this reality and tell me I can.

Nope. It says, “you have a problem, Jonathan, and it needs to be dealt with.”

Funny thing is, though, when that truth has been named, it is life-giving rather than life-robbing. I feel safety in that honesty rather than judgment, escape or delusional fantasy. The Bible then tells me HOW that crap has been dealt with by God. Not in judgement or condemnation or shame, but through a gift of unconditional and sacrificial love. There is nothing I have done or can do to earn it. It really is just free for the taking.

Ash Wednesday does the same thing. It tells me, with brutal honesty, that I am screwed, spiritually speaking. I am dead meat. I am toast. But in connection to Jesus Christ, I am rescued and ransomed. I get a fresh start. And I have a realistic reason for hope beyond the grave.

Sometimes a HARD truth… (but a truth spoken with compassion, not condemnation) is the best, most effective and most life-changing expression of love. Ash Wed does that. It reminds me that I am, surprisingly enough, not God. I need Jesus.

I don’t know about you, but I NEED that reminder from time to time.

Wasn’t it Jesus himself who said, “The TRUTH shall set you free?”

Hmmm… seems like He was on to something…

 

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