The Realist and the Romanticist

This is my take on Tyson Motsenbocker’s “A Kind Invitation”.

Somewhere, at some time past, there were two young boys, close friends who were together since birth. One day they were out fishing, reeling in the night’s dinner, when they saw far off two figures walking along the shore.
Now, as they got closer and closer, they could make out an older man and a smaller girl. Soon enough they could see their faces.
“Hello,” said the man.
“Hello,” said the girl.
“Hello,” said the two boys.
“My name is Time,” said the man, “and this is my friend. Her name is Love.”
“Won’t you come and walk with us today?” asked Love. “There are wonderful things just ahead and we want to see them with you.” Read More

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UNC’S Cameron Johnson to miss 4-6 weeks after NBA 2K18 loss

Graduate transfer Cameron Johnson injured from frustrating defeat by Theo Pinson in NBA 2K18. Pinson has struck twice now, causing Joel Berry II to sit out almost a month ago. (Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Hours before North Carolina guard Joel Berry II returned to play against Bucknell Wednesday, guard Cameron Johnson went into surgery after suffering a torn meniscus in his left knee.

The cause of Berry missing four weeks, and now Johnson for a potential 4-6, is one in the same: NBA 2K18.

The graduate transfer from Pittsburgh apparently lost a game against teammate Theo Pinson, a senior forward, and then released his frustration by kneeing a wall.

“I’m not proud of owning Joel and now Cam, knowing my actions led them to miss these early weeks. I mean, I can’t help that I’m that good,” Pinson tweeted yesterday.

Pinson also played Berry before his injury almost a month ago. The senior wing won with the Golden State Warriors to Berry’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Johnson apparently took the same route.

The difference was in the loss. Johnson’s style differed slightly than Berry’s, who had punched a door, breaking a bone in his right hand.

“I don’t really know what compelled my knee to fly like that,” Johnson said. “And I don’t know why 2K just hands the game over to people.”

Head coach Roy Williams was disappointed as well: “They both did a silly thing,” he said at an announcement Wednesday. “But if you’re at Carolina, you’re competitive. That’s for sure.”

Due to an unrelated sprained neck, Johnson also missed the season opener on Nov. 10 against Northern Iowa. Perhaps from an intense focus on the screen.

“He may be new to us and is taking time off the court, but I’m confident we have a good player here,” Williams said. “I just need to get my boys off that dadgum box-station.”

Johnson started every game for the Panthers last season, averaging 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in more than 33 minutes a game.


This satirical piece was originally for VICE Sports, but has not appeared there.

The Bodily Resurrection

AN ESCHATOLOGY FROM PAUL IN FIRST CENTURY CORINTH

What awaits humanity after death is a question that has haunted imaginations for ages past, but for Paul of Tarsus the haunting question was how to communicate the answer. The apostle of early Christianity found himself urged to define his eschatology, the field of theology concerning death and the afterlife, by the first century Corinthian church, one under moral decay and division from misconceptions of the resurrection.[1] As the majority attributed author to much of the New Testament, Pauline theology carries a significant weight in Christian doctrine. Paul’s perspective of the human self, where body and spirit intersect, and the afterlife is arguably a fundamental Christian perspective. Through examining this Corinthian situation and Paul’s response in his respective epistles, the resurrection is definable and two-fold: it’s both an ongoing process of renewal before death and a final destination in postmortem existence; it’s spiritual, but the physical is of great importance.[2]

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Las Vegas: God’s Glory in the Midst of Tragedy

The following was written by my close friend Trent Radding from the University of Richmond. Thank you for these hard-to-hear words about the Truth and for pointing to hope when all else is hopeless.

What happened Sunday sucks. Plain and simple, it was horrifying and heartbreaking. People died in the saddest and most evil of ways. We don’t know much about the people who were shot, and details are coming out about the shooter, but what we do know is that wrapped around all of this is the sovereignty and glory of the almighty God.

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Gas on Good Friday

God locked me out of my car tonight while getting gas. All that separated me and my keys, phone, and wallet was a window. It could have been cinder blocks, but God thought it’d be more humorous if I could see my life’s possessions inches from my face but out of reach.

No, there wasn’t a magnificent hand from the clouds that shut my car door behind me. Of course I locked myself out. (Accidentally.) But God had sovereignty over it, just as he tells which winds for the dandelions to surrender to. Any moment he pauses my little plans is a reminder that he has a far better blueprint rolled out on his royal table.

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