Hi, welcome to Redeem the Commute. I’m Ryan, your host for the daily challenges.  This week’s topic is part of our series called EPIC where we’ve been exploring how Jesus is found throughout the Old Testament part of the Bible. We’re reading some epic old stories from the Old Testament, some of which you might have heard before, some of which might be new to you. But our hope is that in each of them we’ll see how they’re part of one big epic story: the story of the Bible, the story of the world, God’s story.

Our daily challenges are meant to help you explore what it means to follow Jesus, even if you don’t have a lot of time. That’s why we have a rhythm that keeps us in sync, even if we’re not a community that meets together in person regularly. This means every Monday we introduce the week’s idea. Every Tuesday we study it in the Bible. Every Wednesday we see how that challenges and transforms our thinking on the topic. Thursdays we try to apply and live it out. Friday is a day for prayer and reflection before we take a rest on Saturday, and Sundays we meet together with other Christians in community.

In our day and age, would you have imagined a bestselling book would bear the title of a famous biblical story, and open with a vivid andinformative retelling of it?

This is exactly what Malcolm Gladwell pulled off in 2013 with David and Goliath.  He describes it as a story of an unlikely young hero taking down a battle-ready giant, and then tells the stories of leaders of all kinds who took on the seemingly impossible.

These kinds of stories stretch our imaginations, our belief about what is truly possible.  As the years go by, we find ourselves doing what previous generations considered impossible.

So where does it end?  What one thing could be impossible no matter what technology we develop,a nd no matter what human cooperation and peace we manage?

Overcoming death, and all that causes it.  That’s what we’ll study this week – how the story of David defeating Goliath, is actually pointing us towards how Jesus would destroy sin and death.

You can watch Malcolm tell the story here:


Question: What is the biggest challenge you’ve undertaken?