This is the final post in a series on death and dying, and looks at the question, "How should a Christian view death?" Why Do People have to Die? Because of the curse that happened after humanity’s fall into sin, even Christians must pass through death to receive everlasting life. This is because our bodies … Continue reading Should a Christian Mourn?
When Death Is Imminent (or Not)
This is the sixth in a series of posts about issues of death and dying, looking at the questions I receive as a pastor. In this week's post, I take a look at the end of life, and the decisions that we can sometimes face. Before We Begin Let me first say that this is … Continue reading When Death Is Imminent (or Not)
Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?
This is the fifth in a series addressing some of the questions people have that center around the topic of death, based on what I hear as a pastor. This week's question has to do with suicide, and what to believe about someone who takes their own life. I am often asked whether someone who … Continue reading Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?
What to Say to a Grieving Soul
This is the fourth in a series of posts answering questions about death that I am frequently asked as a pastor. Previous posts involve death, the dead, and final arrangements. This week: what do you say to someone whose world has fallen apart? How can you find the right words - and how can you … Continue reading What to Say to a Grieving Soul
Can I Choose Cremation?
This is the third in a series on the topic of death, in which I address some of the most frequently asked questions I get as a pastor, including what happens when we die, and whether or not people become ghosts or angels after death. Oddly, I think the question about whether or not cremation … Continue reading Can I Choose Cremation?
Ghosts, Saints and Angels
This is the second in a series of posts on the topic of death and dying, looking at some of the most frequently asked questions I encounter as a pastor. Last week, I answered the question of what happens when we die. This week, the follow-up: do the spirits of people who die ever "hang … Continue reading Ghosts, Saints and Angels
What Happens When We Die?
This is the first of a series of questions I am addressing on the topic of death, something all of us have to face but none of us want to. And the most logical place to start is with the most frequently asked question: what happens when we die? What is Death? We were created … Continue reading What Happens When We Die?
Presenting: A Series On Death?
Death is one of those topics everybody is interested in, even if nobody wants to think about it much. As a Pastor, I come face to face with death often. I have done roughly 100 funerals, and assisted, spoken at or simply attended maybe a hundred more. I have been blessed to sit with families … Continue reading Presenting: A Series On Death?
Five Years in the Valley of Shadow
Getting very personal today…
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Five years ago today, my heart was broken and bruised.
Five years ago, my son died.
Five years ago, he was six years old.
Five years ago, I was lost.
Today, I am still lost.
I continue to stumble my way through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, trying all the while to pretend like I am a normal human being, capable of life.
I know the Lord is with me, and I am not alone.
Still, I feel alone.
Because life goes on. Time moves on. You adjust. You change. You become. Just like you did when he was born. Just like you did when every new challenge presented itself. You just do. You have responsibilities. You’re still a husband. Still a father. Still a pastor. Still alive. No matter how much you want to run and hide, life just doesn’t allow it, because life goes on…
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There is something else you should know about me: I struggle with depression that stems from the grief of losing my son. Daniel was six years old when he died on September 11, 2013. He was a special needs child: stemming from an overarching diagnosis of cerebral palsy, he struggled with many things, including quadriplegia … Continue reading Grief