Where Is Thy Sting?

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#320: “Where Is Thy Sting?”
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1 Corinthians 15:54-57

54When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."

55"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?" 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

57But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians 4:13
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope.

1 Timothy 6:17-19
17Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

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Where Is Thy Sting?

“Where Is Thy Sting?” is episode #320 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Paul McCusker, and originally aired on June 24, 1995.


The death of Connie's grandmother causes her family to ponder what death means for a Christian. Connie's father ponders what death means for a non-Christian.


Connie's grandmother has died, and everyone at Whit's End is sympathetic, even Eugene. Connie and her mother are trying to make arrangements for the funeral at Wexford Funeral Home. They are also waiting for Connie’s dad to arrive. When they pick him up at the airport, he is agitated, surly, and depressed, and he goes downhill from there.

First, Bill bristles when Connie suggests that instead of having a morose funeral service, they celebrate her grandmother’s life on earth and her new life in heaven. Bill retorts that they’re not going to turn his mother’s funeral into some sort of party. He storms out of the room. Later, he and June get into an argument about the service, and Bill storms out again. He’s so upset that, at the viewing that night, he shows up drunk. June and Connie try to find out why Bill’s behaving so badly, but he won’t tell them.

The service is the next day, and it is beautiful. Jack Allen and George Barclay read from the Scripture and Grandma’s pastor from her home church in New York gives a wonderful eulogy. After the service, Bill, June, and Connie are left alone to say good-bye to Grandma. Bill finally explains his bad behavior: His marriage to April is finished. His life is a mess. He breaks down in tears and leaves, completely without hope.

But for June, it’s a different story. She realizes that she’s been living on the coattails of Connie’s faith, June needs to have a faith of her own. She knows the time is right, so she asks Connie to introduce her properly to Jesus. Connie is only too happy to oblige.

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Discussion Questions

  1. Why was Bill Kendall so upset about his mother’s death?
    • Why was Connie so peaceful about it?
  2. Have you ever had anyone close to you die?
    • How did you feel about it?
    • How did you react?
      • Why did you react in the way you did?


Heard in episode

Role Voice Actor
Bill Kendall Alan Bergmann
Connie Kendall Katie Leigh
Eugene Meltsner Will Ryan
George Barclay Chuck Bolte
Jack Allen Alan Young
June Kendall Maggie Malooly
Reverend Thomas Rowe Charles Howerton
Mr. Wexford Erv Immerman

Mentioned in episode

Character Mentioned By
Mildred Kendall Eugene Meltsner
Bernard Walton Jack Allen
Tom Riley Jack Allen
Jason Whittaker Jack Allen
Helen Kendall Mr. Wexford
April Kendall Bill Kendall


VERSION DIFFERENCE: [view] The album version of this episode adds a scene between Eugene and Connie at Whit's End and a few scenes between June and Bill where he shows his reaction to death.



Eugene Meltsner: Few things are more certain to make people search for meaning in their lives than when face-to-face with the meaning of death.

June Kendall: We're going to need every door in Odyssey fixed before he leaves.

Eugene Meltsner: We were discussing the historical development of necrology, and its impact on Etruscan archaeology!
Jack Allen: Eugene, Eugene. A little sensitivity, hmm?