Category Archives: God and Culture

When a Christian dies…

After discussing the unfortunate sequence of events that take place after a nonchristian dies, this message explores the great things in store for the Christians after she dies.

Read the following paragraph first. Then watch the video if you’re still interested.

John and Mary had three children. One boy and two girls. Their fifteenth anniversary plane tickets for next month were at home on the counter. Mary had become a Christian a few years earlier through a young Mom’s Bible study. John was not yet a believer, though Mary prayed for him every day. It was her idea to start having a date night every Thursday. That’s where they were that night while the babysitter was at their house with the kids. John and Mary were returning home from their dinner-slash-movie date when a large truck ran a red light and T-boned them at a busy intersection not far from their house. According to the Bible, this is what happened to Mary next, the moment after her heart stopped beating.

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When a Nonchristian dies…

I’ll be posting two videos. These are messages I gave recently at my church as part of a short 2-part series entitled, “Life and Death.”

This first message explores the unpleasant sequence of events that a nonchristian can expect when he dies, according to the Bible.

Read the following paragraph first. Then watch the video if you’re still interested.

John and Mary had three children. One boy and two girls. Their fifteenth anniversary plane tickets for next month were at home on the counter. Mary had become a Christian a few years earlier through a young Mom’s Bible study. John was not yet a believer, though Mary prayed for him every day. It was her idea to start having a date night every Thursday. That’s where they were that night while the babysitter was at their house with the kids. John and Mary were returning home from their dinner-slash-movie date when a large truck ran a red light and T-boned them at a busy intersection not far from their house. According to the Bible, this is what happened to John next, the moment after his heart stopped beating.


Cremation vs. Burial

This past weekend I participated in a seminar called “Life and Death: Preparing for the Expected.”

I was asked to provide a biblical perspective on any topic related to death and dying. I chose to speak on the issue of cremation vs. burial, which I’ve blogged about here.

I’m posting the 23-minute video of my portion of the seminar here for those who might be interested.

 

 


Can you celebrate the successes of others?

“The success of others will not so much cause virtue or vice in us, but it will inevitably surface them.”

-Milo Self


Pastors from long ago share their secret sauce

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Credit: Benjamin Golub / Flickr Creative Commons

[This post is modified from a paper I wrote earlier this year for my doctorate at Duke Divinity School. By looking across every Christian century at the pastor’s chief responsibility, I found that his readiness with the Word of God was prioritized.] Continue reading


This Just In: C.S. Lewis

IMG_4802A copy of TIME Magazine arrived in my mailbox this week, but it wasn’t new. In fact, it’s pretty old.

The date at the top reads September 8, 1947. And C.S. Lewis is featured on the cover.

I’m excited to add this to my C.S. Lewis collection. I do believe I own and have read everything he wrote that’s been made available. My favorite writings are his published letters, amounting to over 4,000 pages. I’ve also read perhaps 20 biographies of his life. Continue reading