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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We Don’t Know

They came one by one
and I saw it all, the whole village fall
They attacked father and son
and when they left there were none
except me and my camera lens
and all my family and friends

My brothers and their sisters, on the radio we hear your pleading voice
But oceans apart, we change the station for some other noise

Across the hills and across bodies of water
there danced bodies full of life, a husband and his sweet wife
Now lost from home is this man’s little daughter–
he’s a prince become pauper, no longer father–
but found is our locked front door
and the walls we put up by four

Strained is my neck
staring down at my desk
as these images flash on TV
They came one by one
for the father and his son
That might as well have been me

I don’t want to watch the news
seeing another war we might lose,
but I can’t hold my breath
Why is no one asking why
other people sin and other people die,
yet we’re the ones safe from death?

My brothers and their sisters, on the radio we hear your pleading voice
But oceans apart, we change the station for some other noise

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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