Death

Not Today

BY BROR ERICKSON

One of the great themes of the Game of Thrones is the personification of Death, most concretely in the form of the Night King, supreme commander of the blue-eyed nightwalkers. Arya Stark, Eddard Stark's third child, is catechized early in the cult of Death by her fencing instructor, Syrio Forel, the First Sword of Braavos.

Not Today

Mourning With Hope

BY JAY SAWRIE

My wife is dead. She has been dead for over a month now, and it seems that grief is the ghost that haunts this apartment. I have entrusted her soul to God. She was my ever-faithful companion and encourager. She always pointed me to Christ. She was always longing to obey Christ.

Mourning With Hope

Where Do We Go When We Fall Asleep For the Last Time?

BY BRANDON HANSON

I just visited a dying woman. When I arrived, she was sleeping so deeply that she had to be gently shaken awake. It took some persistence. She was quite exhausted. Dying must be hard work. As soon as she had shaken off her sleep she was bright, alert, and clear.

Where Do We Go When We Fall Asleep For the Last Time?

Why Bad News Is Good News

BY MATT JOHNSON

Martin Luther knew something about economics. Well, God’s economics anyway. It goes something like this: you can’t pay your way into heaven, and it was wrong of the Pope and his cronies to say so. The Christian life is all of grace and nothing of personal sacrifice or performance. These are the big ideas that frame Luther’s 95 theses.

Why Bad News Is Good News

The Myth of Christian Maturity

BY RYAN COUCH

In a world where science tells us that everything is deteriorating and we’re all one day closer to our physical death it’s nice to think that there might be something we are getting better at. The ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, taught that this is in fact the essence of ethics; to find purpose through habitual improvement.

The Myth of Christian Maturity

Move, Before Death Comes...

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I got your life application right here! First off, Happy New Year! It's 2019 and there's a sense of optimism floating about in the air. Now, please allow me to continue that, and bring you more good feelings of gumdrops and cherry licorice. How would you feel if someone you knew suddenly died?

Move, Before Death Comes...

Death and Life

BY MARIAH COWARD

Recently, I've had to confront the idea of death. Not that death is merely an idea, but for me it kind of was. I've been fortunate enough to never have someone I knew unexpectedly pass away until a couple of weeks ago. When I heard the news, I was immediately shocked and heartbroken.

Death and Life

Grandma Joy and Psalm 139

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

My Grandmother recently lost a long battle with cancer. Her name was Joy, and a name has never been more fitting. When our family was going through her belongings, they discovered a note stating that Psalm 139 was her favorite Psalm. I was then asked to write something about this Psalm to be read at her funeral.

Grandma Joy and Psalm 139

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

There is just something about the idea of not being ‘under Law’ that sets off all kinds of alarms in the minds of many Christians.  One might be forced to concede to the idea because the words are biblical, but those words are often compulsively followed by a multitude of caveats.

Not Under Law…Say What Now?

Never Buried Alone

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

Let’s be honest for a minute. The Bible has some strange stories in it. I’m not talking about just the miraculous nature of many of the stories but rather the seeming randomness of some of them. This story from 2 Kings 13 is both miraculous and really random. It’s only two verses long and recounts how a dead man was thrown into the grave of a deceased prophet and then came back to life.

Never Buried Alone

Faith Alone: Death Itself Will Be Undone

BY JORDAN SPINA

In Genesis, there is a picture of a father walking with his son up a hill. The son does not know what awaits at the top. He, of course, knows there will be a rope, a knife, and an altar. He knows there will be death, but he does not foresee that the death would be his own.

Faith Alone: Death Itself Will Be Undone

Dear Death, What Has Become of Your Spear?

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Here Paul turns my eyes away from my sins and directs them to Christ, for if I look at my sins, they will destroy me. Therefore, I must look unto Christ who has taken my sins upon himself, crushed the head of the serpent and become the blessing.

Dear Death, What Has Become of Your Spear?

A Cup of Kindness for a Cup of Death

BY DANIEL EMERY PRICE

I have been preaching through the Gospel of John for a number of months. One thing that makes John different than the other three Gospels is the absence of the Lord’s Supper.

A Cup of Kindness for a Cup of Death

The Resurrection & The Life & The Pain In-Between.

BY EVAN WELCHER

When did you first realize you were alive? My first memory is the sea of dandelions that passed for the lawn of a long forgotten boyhood home.

The Resurrection & The Life & The Pain In-Between.

Death And The Gospel

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

A while back, my wife and I attended the wake and memorial service of a friend from a prior church we attended. He was in his 50's, died unexpectedly, and left behind a wife and an adult daughter. It was hard to see him laying in that coffin...

Death And The Gospel

The Criminal’s Prayer: “Remember Me!”

BY DOMINICK SANTORE

I'm afraid of dying. I am a Christian and I am horribly afraid of falling bridges, crashing planes, turned over cars and anything else that you can think of that would include my body being mangled into a mess of bones and flesh.

The Criminal’s Prayer: “Remember Me!”

The Death Of Self

BY GERHARD FORDE

We have heard, he who would save his life shall lose it, and he who loses his life for Jesus’ sake shall find it. But what does that really mean -to die to self? 

The Death Of Self

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

The good news is, soon my faith will die. In fact, I can’t wait. In an age of skepticism, inner conflict, materialism, relativism, consumerism—and all the other “isms” that define things today, faith seems inadequate...

Happily Waiting For My Faith To Die