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#40 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#39 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#38 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

  “…I’m a prophet.”   God calls prophets. There are always people set aside to tell the truth. There is a way to know for sure that Jim Jones wasn’t a prophet…he never told the truth. When we engage prophets, we have to make sure that what they say is true. We all desperately need […]

#37 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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  “… this is revolutionary suicide…” -Jim Jones   Can suicide ever be revolutionary? There are many who have given their lives in revolutionary ways. Jesus comes to mind. What is the definition of revolutionary suicide? I suspect that a revolutionary suicide must be revolutionary. I’m not certain that the deaths at Jonestown were revolutionary. […]

#36 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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  “It’s too late. I’ve been running too long. Not gonna change now…” -Jim Jones   I’ve heard talk like this many times before. The older people get the more likely they are to speak like this. Are things ever too late? “I can’t change.” “I’m set in my ways.” “It’s too late to live […]

#35 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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  “I’d never detach myself from any of your troubles.  I’ve always taken your troubles right on my shoulders and I’m not gonna change that now.” -Jim Jones   “I know how you feel.” Have you ever heard that phrase before? I hate it. How can you know how I feel? Such an understanding is […]

#34 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

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  “I’m the best friend you’ll ever have.” -Jim Jones   For many years, I didn’t have a ton of friends. So, my friend was a very important friend. I suspect my friend knew that I needed a friend. It probably wasn’t difficult to see. Over time, my friend became less of a friend and […]

#32 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#31 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

#30 / Jonestown Theology: Lenten Explorations in the Valley of Death

Wikimedia / Nancy Wong

God is never lost. In the midst of great evil, God is there. I have long wondered how Jonestown fits into such ideas. In the 1970s, Rev. Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple founded the settlement in the jungles of Guyana. After a few years of communal living, Jones led his followers to commit a […]

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