Category Archives: And Can It Be

Death and Eternity

I’m wrapping up a series on what I call “universal human longings.” This one, based on the Bible passage in the book of Romans 8:18-39, I’ve saved for last because, more than any of the others, it makes the transition … Continue reading

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Justice and Judgment

The book of Job is deep, profound, and therefore notoriously difficult to nail down all the questions it raises. But it’s not hard to follow the basic flow. Essentially this very ancient book explores the mystery of why the righteous … Continue reading

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Peace and Human Flourishing

How would you define the word “peace”? When most people think of peace, the first idea that comes to mind is the opposite of war—the absence of fighting. In other words, peace is for many a negation—a lack of something … Continue reading

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Mission and Destiny

Reading the epitaphs engraved on tombstones can be a surprisingly accurate way of learning a person’s life mission and their best guess at their destiny. Consider Robert Clay Allison (d. 1887), a Wild West gunslinger: “He never killed a man … Continue reading

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Wisdom and the Word

Let’s play a round of word association. When I say the name “David Hume,” what is the first word that comes to mind? Philosopher? Radical skeptic? Dead white male? Who? Hume is still one of the most influential thinkers in … Continue reading

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Work and Rest

We called him “Stan the Man.” Not because he played All-Star baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1940s and 1950s (not THAT “Stan”), but because our Stan seemed to live peacefully above the stress level of every other … Continue reading

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Home and Place

Moving day. Did I just stir in you a childhood memory of hope for a future adventure mixed with longing over a loss? That’s what the memory of moving day does for me. Unlike some, my family didn’t move around … Continue reading

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