on a recent sunday morning, i taught in our middle school group. the series we’re in right now is called “candy land”, and we’re using classic candy merely as titles to dig into a handful of stories our students wouldn’t be as familiar with (the middle schoolers at my church, for the most part, have no bible background, and don’t know many of the stories those of us who grew up in church are so familiar with). the first week was called “pop rocks,” and looked at the story of moses striking the rock with his staff. my week — week 2 — was called “atomic fireballs;” and i unpacked the story of elijah and the prophets of baal. week 3: “skittles: exploring god’s promises” (noah and the rainbow). week 4: “nerds: pharisees reprimand jesus for breaking the ‘rules.'” and week 5: “now and laters: jesus died now, but raises from the dead three days later!” (that’s palm sunday.)
anyhow, a classic middle school ministry moment occurred in the lead-up to my teaching time.
christina robertson, our amazing middle school pastor, asked: what’s one thing that’s great about god?
a middle school boy shouted out: he’s a ninja!
christina responded in the way we middle school peeps have learned to respond: uh, i’m not sure that’s true, but he created ninjas.
so, i posted this on my facebook status, because it cracked me up. and the uber-creative steve case commented that “god IS a ninja”, and simply listed five biblical references. looking at steve’s references, i have to admit: god IS a ninja!
For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was.
When he passes me, I cannot see him;
when he goes by, I cannot perceive him.
Then the LORD appeared at the tent in a pillar of cloud, and the cloud stood over the entrance to the tent.
When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob’s hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.