Tag Archives: Character

The Whole Race

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Rosie Ruiz was the first woman to cross the finish line of the 1980 Boston Marathon.  Her time of 2 hours, 31 minutes, and 56 seconds was extraordinary.  Out of the blue, she was the third fastest female in marathon history.  Heaving with exhaustion, she was escorted by two Boston police officers to… Read more »

Shadow Missions

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In 1979, the Charlie Daniels Band proved that a song about fiddles could become a national hit. The Devil Went Down to Georgia is the account of an epic fiddle-playing contest between Satan and a young man named Johnny.  Who is the ultimate virtuoso?  The stakes are high – Johnny’s soul.  But as Daniels lets us know at the end… Read more »

Gifts vs. Character

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Samson is one of those Bible personalities who has been able to accomplish the near-impossible: make Sunday School interesting for elementary school-age boys. He was absurdly strong.  His exploits were gloriously public.  He singlehandedly leveled the playing field between the Israelites and their unfriendly next-door neighbors, the Philistines. But Samson’s story, which covers four chapters of the book of Judges (13-16),… Read more »