Tag Archives: Death

End Game

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here A number of people have made memorable comments about the end of life: Some people die at 25 and aren’t buried until 75. Ben FranklinThe idea is to die young as late as possible. Ashley MontaguWhen you’re dead, you’re dead. That’s it. Marlene DietrichI would rather die a meaningful death than… Read more »

Coming Attractions

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here It’s coming.  And there’s nothing you can do about it.  Just when you thought 2024 couldn’t get any crazier – what with a total solar eclipse, crowds flocking to see a movie depicting a future civil war, and a November election that for some reason keeps popping up in the news… Read more »

Tricks, Treats, and Tombstones

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To listen to today’s reflection as a podcast, click here So why are cemeteries such scary places on the last day of October? Historians believe that Halloween is the semi-Christianized version of an ancient Celtic festival that spanned October 31 and November 1 called Samhain (pronounced SAW-win) which marked the beginning of winter. Celtic lore suggested that during Samhain the boundary between the world… Read more »

Good Grief

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here Nancy Guthrie had never given much thought to the subject of grief.  She and her husband David were excited about the arrival of their first child, a little girl named Hope, who came into the world in November 1998.  Then everything changed.  As Nancy put it, “Grief barged through the… Read more »

Hope in the Face of Death

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Throughout the month of August, we’re looking at Ecclesiastes, that strange and seemingly “modern” Old Testament book that depicts what happens when humanity searches for ultimate meaning apart from God.  When it comes to the subject of death, it seems that everybody has something to say: “Do not try to live forever.  You will… Read more »

Send Me Home

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To listen to this reflection as a podcast, click here. Over the course of a ministry that spanned more than four decades, Tim Keller taught people how to live. After he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2020, Keller began to focus on teaching people how to die – a mission that he completed last Friday morning when he left this world… Read more »

Facing Death

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“If you could live forever, would you want to, and why?” That’s the question that the host of the 1994 Miss USA competition posed to Miss Alabama, Heather Whitestone.  She memorably replied, “I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live… Read more »

Talitha Koum

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If you’re a parent, and your child is seriously ill, nothing else matters. You would move heaven and earth to find the right doctor.  You would pay any price for the right medicine.  If you could, you would gladly take her place.  In the case of a synagogue leader named Jairus, it meant tracking down the controversial teacher from Galilee… Read more »