I had been a chaplain in the Army for only about a week when I was told that I needed to inform a soldier that a close family member had died. I was at Ft. Bragg, NC and the soldier was with his unit out in the woods. I had a driver take me in
Most people who have been believers for a long time have had to go through the experience of losing a hero of the faith to death. Perhaps it was a beloved parent, pastor, seminary professor, Bible teacher, or mature Christian friend. At times like that there’s a tendency to wonder what impact the death will
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). Steve asked the question that is the title of this blog. It is
On Friday we celebrate the cross of Christ. On Sunday we celebrate His resurrection. The Apostle John makes much of these three days in his Gospel. John stresses the fact that Jesus’ death and resurrection prove that He is the Christ, the Son of God, the Promised One who guarantees everlasting life to all who
God hates death. Even so, in Christ, God transformed death to make it part of His ministry. This quote from Andy Root struck me: “The movement through death to life is the very shape of God’s ministry” (Root, Christopraxis, p. 105). How has the movement from death to life become the shape of God’s ministry?
Christians around the world celebrated the day when Jesus rose from the dead. Truthfully, we do that every Sunday, but, by tradition and convention, it’s especially celebrated once a year—Easter Sunday. Why do I believe that Jesus was resurrected? Admittedly, the resurrection is an extraordinary claim. Yes, there are many documented cases of people dying
On Sunday morning, I had “house church” with the kids. They liked it. We gathered together, sang a Psalm; Daphne read the Scripture (Luke 12:32-34), and we started discussing it. The kids had been fighting over toys recently, so we discussed the reason why. Why do they find it so hard to share their toys?
“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!” Alternative history novels explore what life would be like today if a major event in human history turned out differently. For example, Harry Turtledove’s Southern Victory explores what the United States would have been like if the South had
God’s grace shows up in little moments that are often practically unnoticeable. For example, read John 21. Jesus had died, risen again, appeared to the disciples, and gave them a commission to be sent out into the world. No wonder Peter promptly declared, “I am going fishing” (v 3)! I would have done the same.That’s
I received this email question: I have been going through the book, The Ten Most Misunderstood Words in the Bible, with my pastor and we have both enjoyed it and have been challenged by it. I have learned much about heaven from it and am excited to live again on the new earth for eternity,