Sermon #65 — Death Defeated, Part 2: A New Creation

Sermon Audio of “Death Defeated, Part 2: A New Creation” (see link to audio below) Our bodies die.  And with that physical death come all sorts of loss and tearing of relationship.  Physical death is a powerful reality that all human beings have to come to terms with.  In this sermon, I explore what the … Continue reading

Sermon #64–Death Defeated, Part 1: What is Death?

Death is all around us.  It is woven into the fabric of our world.  It’s not supposed to be like that.  But it is like that.  The Bible has a lot to say about death, because we need to understand death–its origins, its meaning, its consequences for us, and its remedy.  This message is the … Continue reading

Pastor Note #69: Death and the Victory of Christ

DEATH AND THE VICTORY OF CHRIST: Living and Dying Well You are going to die.  So am I.  This is a fundamental and unavoidable truth for all human beings, and how we deal with that great truth can have a profound impact on how well we live and on how well we die.  Sadly, many … Continue reading

Sermon #55 — The Victor’s Battle Cry and our Easter Victory Gift

AN AUDIO SERMON [see link below] By rising from the dead — raising us up with him — Jesus Christ has won the great victory and has, thus, restored to us our eternal significance which death had stripped us of. Death is a powerful and ever-present reality for human beings.  And for us death doesn’t … Continue reading

Poem #1 My Grandma’s Old, Orange Cat

MY GRANDMA’S OLD, ORANGE CAT My grandma had an old, orange cat Older than me when I knew him. A stern companion, Not always patient with little boys, He bore his age With as much dignity as an old cat can, Though in his last summer The flies bothered him. In the end, he liked … Continue reading

Bible Note #13 — 1 Peter 1:23-25

“For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For, ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ (Isaiah 40:6-8)” 1 … Continue reading

Pastor Note #30 — Death and the Embodiment of Love

Yesterday, I was looking over the annual report for my congregation for 2011.  I was surprised to see that only five of our members died during the year.  It was surprise to me, because I had done more than twice that many funeral in 2011.  Now that I’ve been here in the community for nine … Continue reading

Pastor Note #26 — After His Dad Died

{The following post is the text of a letter I wrote to a man in his early fifties shortly after his father died.} Dear F., There is an ache and strangeness that comes when our parents die.   I don’t think it really matters a lot how old we or they are when that happens. I … Continue reading

Pastor Note #23 — Marking Time

Seasons come and go, cycling from one to the next.  Our calendars turn from one year to the next.  Time passes along, steadily, inescapably, unavoidably, relentlessly. Recently, I was sitting in the dental chair waiting for my dentist to finish with another patient across the room.  The dentist was saying something to that patient about … Continue reading

Pastor Note #22 –Life, Death, Meaning, and Love

I’m sitting in Wegman’s café drinking a cup of their dark roast coffee.  It’s a little to much for me, actually.  I am a consumer of very large quantities of coffee.  But I have to admit that that strong, dark roast coffee is sometimes just a little too much for my mouth.  I want very … Continue reading