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The Deceleration Dilemma 1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a

The Deceleration Dilemma

Times of forced inactivity or slowdown are also times of danger.

At a Glance

Carl C. Clark was an expert on deceleration. Extreme deceleration. Some of his ideas were adapted for air bags in cars, an invention that saves hundreds of lives every year. In our text, we see a prophet who needed an air bag! Here's a guy headed for a brick wall, with a wicked queen in pursuit who's yelling, "Elijah, you're a dead man!"

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "Titanic Possessions," June 21, 1998, at

Quick story. There's this guy who crawls into his car, backs it out into the street, then puts it in first and roars up to the house, deliberately crashing it into the foundation. Drugs and alcohol are not involved. A marital problem is not the issue. Nor had he been listening to Rage Against the Machine or Limp Bizkit. And, he had not had a breakfast of Twinkies and soda. The crash was enacted for the sake of science. The man's name was Carl C. Clark, and he rammed the family car into the foundation of their house in...

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