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In these unprecedented (difficult, trying, challenging, unique, uncertain, etc.) times, the people of the Bible want you to feel supported and encouraged. That is why they are coming together for a virtual TED Conference! Drawing on the wisdom of the ages, they will share lessons for these days of social isolation during a worldwide pandemic.

 

Register now! You won’t want to miss these exciting talks:

Jonah
Self-Isolation in a Dark Time: How to survive and thrive in the belly of the beast

Abraham
Don’t Sacrifice the Vulnerable: How I thought I had to prove my faith by killing my son but turns out I was wrong and putting my son in harm’s way wasn’t really what God wanted.

Daniel
How to Interpret all the Really Weird Dreams You’re Having These Days

Paul
Struggles with Self-Control (or You Don’t have to Eat the Entire pan of Brownies): “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.1

Delilah2
So You Think You Need a Haircut?

Noah
The Life You Save Will Be Your Own: Dealing with people who think you are being ridiculous and over-reacting to an impending catastrophe that they don’t believe is real despite all the evidence

Elijah3
When There’s Not Enough Flour on the Shelf: Trusting God to provide

Ezekiel4
When the Flour Miracle Thing Doesn’t Work: Using everyday household items as food

Ananias and Sapphira5
Stop Lying Already: How failure to tell the whole truth about a situation can lead to death

Esther6
Who Knows? Perhaps You Have Been Put in Your Position for Such a Time as This: Which stinks for you because this is a terrible time and and why should God make you be someone who has to deal with all of this mess?

Pilate
The Importance of Hand Washing

Balaam7
Don’t Beat your Donkey: If someone trustworthy is trying to prevent you from doing something, maybe you should listen to them instead of pitching a ridiculous fit.

Jesus
Quit Going to the Grocery Store Every Day: Surely you have a little bread, maybe a can of tuna at home. Make it work. It will work. Trust me.

Job
Yeah. It Sucks. (Note that this is both the title and the entire text of Job’s TED Talk.)


Joanna Harader serves as pastor of Peace Mennonite Church in Lawrence, KS. You can read her would-be TED Talks on her blog, SpaciousFaith.com.


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1 Romans 7:15

2 Judges 16:1-21

3 1 Kings 17:8-15

4 Ezekiel 3:1-3

5 Acts 5:1-11

6Esther 4:14

7Numbers 22:21-31

7 thoughts on “Wit’s Ends Day: TED Talks from Bible Characters

  1. Thanks, Joanna. I love it. You’ve done a great job and made me laugh. I’ve shared Noah’s title and snippet on my blog, with a link back here to read your whole list.

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  2. Hello! These were very enjoyable for my husband (as well as myself) to read as we are both pastors. We are hoping to a second edition of Holy Humor, a lighthearted posting to share with our congregations (we basically sit next to each other and tell jokes). May we share a few of these? We would be willing to credit you! Thank you for sharing these with us.

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