Posts by Sean Ewing

Posts by Sean Ewing

God Among Us

The prophet Isaiah’s words inspire us with their beautiful cadences and lofty heights. They confront us with stern rebukes and correction. Isaiah is the source of nearly one quarter of the Old Testament quotations and allusions cited in the New Testament. In sheer size, it is second only to the Book of Psalms in length. Most important, Isaiah gives us a unique understanding of Jesus the Messiah, who fulfills many of these prophecies given 700 years before his birth. For…

Celebration

The large conference room on the lower level of Target Field was nearly ready, people were still busy making sure the food was in order on the tables and several people were making final arrangements of the chairs in various locations. While this was going on some of the invitees were beginning to arrive for the celebration. The air was thick with anticipation as the good ole boys from days gone by were together again. The boys of that long…

A Brand New You

Recently a friend completed a yearlong project to re-build his lake cabin. What began as basically a shack built in 1945 without electricity and plumbing is now nothing like the original. The project began with stripping the original cabin to the studs and determine what could be salvaged and used in the new cabin. As the work began they soon realized most of the original cabin was not salvageable. They did keep an interior wall and used it as a…

The Cross

Death by Roman crucifixion was a result of the whole-body weight being supported by out stretched arms. When nailed to the cross there was a massive strain put on the wrists, arms and shoulders often resulting in a dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints. The rib cage was constrained in a fixed position, which made it extremely difficult to exhale, and impossible to take a full breath. The main cause of death by Roman crucifixion was due to asphyxiation.…

Number One

As sports fan and a past competitor in sports I have heard the phrase “number one” many times. Participating in sports, we focused on being number one. What do we need to do better to be number one? How do we remain number one? The clear priority in sports is to be number one. ABC Wide World of Sports used to say “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”. Nobody wanted anything to do with the agony of…

Dark Side of the Moon

Have you ever heard about the “dark side” of the Moon? It’s the portion of the moon that is permanently turned away from the Earth.  That side of the moon still receives sunlight; the name is not meant to imply that it doesn’t. The name refers to the fact we can never view that side of the Moon from Earth because the time it takes for the Moon to rotate once is the same amount of time it takes for it to orbit…

Rats in the Cellar

Over the years I have had a few encounters with a rat. Each time I came away with the same impression, rats are ugly, nasty and they give me the creeps! No one likes to stumble upon a rat.  It’s always an unpleasant surprise.  C.S. Lewis draws a powerful parallel between rats and our own sinfulness. “We begin to notice, besides our particular sinful acts, our sinfulness; begin to be alarmed not only about what we do, but about what…

Advent

On November 22, 1928 Ravel’s Bolero premiered at the Paris Opera. The work was showered with superlatives from the premier performance. Words such as spectacular, unprecedented, overpowering were used to describe the music. The orchestral scheme is simple but well worked out. The melody is first sung by the flute and then by one after another of the solo winds. As the crescendo gains momentum the brass begin to add their robust statement of the theme. After the melody has…

Prayer

The word technology today can mean many different things based on the context of the discussion. It could be a new piece of hardware, a mobile device, or perhaps a new app or a server farm. Much of technology, especially software is about data and access to data. Once you have the data, it can be directed in many different ways. You can report on data, mine data, manipulate data, display data and so on. In the background of the…

Lessons in the Wilderness

In my daily reading of God’s Word I just read through the book of Numbers. In a book titled Numbers you would expect to find statistics and figures, and sure enough they are listed in the book. After an initial census to determine the strength of the fighting force, God instructed Moses to cleanse and consecrate the nation for worship and warfare. After a special celebration of the Passover at Mount Sinai, the people began the journey to the Promised…

Glimmer of Hope

I met Mike years ago at one the many forgetful places of employment I’ve had. We both worked the graveyard shift along with a cast of other characters like I had never seen before or since. When I met Mike he had been sober for a couple of years after many years of dedicated hardcore drinking. Mike was kind of like an airplane flying too close to the ground, the threat of a crash was almost inevitable. In one such…

Accountability

A few years ago when I lived in Wisconsin, my relationship with God was in rough shape. Essentially, I was fat and lazy. Around this time, I met a small group of men who were serious about their relationship with God. They were engaged and dedicated and it captured my attention. One of the men was right about my age and also worked in IT. He was, and still is, a huge encouragement to me. We had a lot in…
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