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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.


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.

 

 


Burial vs. cremation part III

candles1_smallWe began with some preliminary comments here before we looked at what the Bible says about burial here.

Last time we searched the Scriptures for examples of cremation here.

We conclude the series by looking at the consistent practice of burial in every generation of the church–except today. Continue reading


More burial vs. cremation

imagesIn our last post, we saw that cremation is on the rise in our culture.

We also learned that the Bible establishes a clear pattern of burial as the preferred mode of interment. We concluded that we can be certain that burial pleases the Lord.

Can we say the same thing about cremation?

The Bible does not provide a complete perspective on cremation. Passages that describe the deliberate burning of bodies are comparatively rare. But nowhere does the Bible speak of cremation with approval. Continue reading


Burial vs. cremation

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Let me begin with two guiding statements:

1. No where does the Bible prescribe burial as the Christian mode of interment.

2. No where does the Bible forbid cremation.

That means we have some hard work ahead of us if we want to try to understand the issues from a Christian perspective.

Today, cremation is on the rise. Continue reading