Posts from February 2019

Posts from February 2019

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Sound Words, February 24, 2019

The Beauty of Reconciliation Sometimes people don’t get along. And yes, there are in fact greater understatements. In any case, for those of us with siblings, we probably learned fairly early just how easily conflict can arise. From disputes over toys to room intrusions, to wars waged over the coveted shotgun seat, it seems there is no shortage of reasons for children to bicker. I can only imagine, then, that two boys as different as Jacob and Esau could have…
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Sound Words, February 17, 2019

The Meaning of Life I have lived most of my life as a dead man. While that statement is sure to warrant at least a few raised eyebrows, I’d argue that any surprise stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of what it really means to be alive. Occasionally, we talk about our “spiritual lives” and “physical lives” as if the two could be separated. On the one hand, we can only understand life and death as we witness it: the spark of energy…
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Sound Words, February 10, 2019

The Best Record in History It’s a pretty big deal for sports teams to have a perfect record throughout the season.It’s also extremely difficult to maintain, especially after a team has held one for a while. For one thing, players feel the additional pressure of perfection that tempts them to strive not to lose rather than fighting to win. But they also experience a lot of extra attention as every other team tries to dethrone them. Invariably, perfect records dissolve…
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Sound Words, February 3, 2019

Brethren or Burdens? I’ve never smelled a dead body, but I’ve been told you never forget the stench. I can only imagine, then, how cemented the scene of Cain’s seething rage must have been in his memory. What a disturbing image: the sight of his own brother’s beaten, lifeless corpse lying before his feet, as a crimson river silently flowed into the thirsty ground beneath him. And it’s that smell, the foul stench of death, that wafts through the Bible…