Good Grief: Soundings, Part Four – Let Yourself Grieve

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People wrote us from all over the world.   There were cards, emails, Facebook posts, actual letters, phone calls, and people showed up too.  One friend flew in all the way from Waco, and left immediately after the service.  All told, it appears we had upwards of 600-700 attempts at communication of solace and love.  More than anything we appreciated the love that was behind all of this, and of course the prayers, though, since I don’t believe prayers for the dead accomplish much, I was glad that … [Read more...]

Good Grief: Soundings, Part Three – The Hope of the Grieving

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 For some people the phrase good grief, if not immediately associated with the classic Peanuts cartoon strips, seems something of an oxymoron.   What can be good about grieving a departed loved one?    In the first place, there is such a thing as bad grief, inconsolable grief,  grief that consumes the griever, or grieving without hope. The Bible doesn't commend or command that sort of grieving.Paul discusses good and bad grief in 1 Corinthians 15.  He tells us that grieving is both … [Read more...]

Good Grief: Soundings, Part Two – Five Things Not to Say to the Grieving

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When a person suffers the devastating loss of a loved one, you should -- however well-intentioned you might be -- keep your mouth shut.  Or at the very least, you should think long and hard before you say anything.  Here are some of the things I recently heard that did not help, and frankly were not true.1)  "The Lord gives and the Lord takes away." Not a saying from God, rather it’s from the poorly-informed Job, who was later forced to revise his opinion.  As it happens, it was Satan who dev … [Read more...]

Good Grief: Soundings, Part One

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GOOD GRIEF -- WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE? Having recently gone through the devastating experience of having our beautiful 32-year-old daughter die, completely unexpectedly, of a pulmonary embolism, I was determined from Day One (January 11, when she was found dead in her home in Durham, N.C.) to be open to whatever positive thing there might be to glean from this.  I cling by my fingernails to the promise of Romans 8:28 that "God works all things together for good for those who love … [Read more...]

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History according to ‘Those Cable Channels’


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And Now we Know the Rest of the Story about the Mayan Calendar


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Tinker,Tailor,Soldier Spy—Two Versions

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It is a tricky thing to take an enormously popular novel, first turn it into an enormously popular British mini-series with Sir Alec Guinness no less playing George Smiley the hero, and then try to do a whole new take on it with a whole different set of actors 30 years later on the silver screen. On top of that, the movie tries to do in 2 hours and a bit what the mini-series did in six parts of 50 some minutes each. And I am here to say that both are successful. What are the pluses and … [Read more...]

Eulogy for Christy Ann Witherington

1997 a

(Here is the eulogy delivered by Bill Arnold for Christy (written by Ben and Ann) on Wednesday morning at the 11 a.m. worship service at First Methodist Church Lexington.EULOGY FOR CHRISTY ANN WITHERINGTONChristy was born in the shadow of Durham Cathedral in northern England on August 14, 1979 and died January 11, 2012 in Durham, North Carolina.Christy loved her British roots. Her summer term in England studying Shakespeare at Stratford-on-Avon with Ben’s English P … [Read more...]