Reminders of Time

Remember when church buildings had a cemetery right outside? It’s not so common these days, but many churches from a generation or two ago still have an old graveyard out back. Architecture always tells a story, especially with churches. Church buildings tend to...

What did Jesus do before he died?

What would you do if you knew you were living the very last day of your life? How would you spend your final hours? Enjoy time with loved ones? Write notes of thanks and remembrance? Finish a final item or two from your bucket list? Engage in all the activities you...

What does Jesus think about death?

The loss of a loved one is always tragic, no matter the circumstances. Death for the Christian has lost its sting, but it is still a wretched and vile enemy. That’s why I’m so intrigued by Jesus’ interaction with Martha after the death of her brother Lazarus (John...

Teach Us to Number Our Days

Remember when church buildings had a cemetery right outside? It’s not so common these days, but many churches from a generation or two ago still have an old graveyard out back. When I was in college, I remember visiting an old church in New England one Sunday morning...

When Sickness Strikes

C. S. Lewis called pain “God’s megaphone.” As he put it in The Problem of Pain: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains.” Among the many sources and types of pain, it’s physical pain in our bodies that shouts more loudly...