#WorstYearEver

As we approach the end of another year, one trending topic on Twitter has been #WorstYearEver. No doubt, a good many people have reasons to think that 2016 was a particularly disagreeable year. But the aforementioned hashtag has little to do with difficult economies,…

Crazy cryonics and hope-so hope

The New York Times recently published an article by Mark Leibovich titled “Larry King is Preparing for the Final Cancellation.” The article focuses on the fact that the aging talk show host, at 81, is fixated on the subject of death and dying. He…

Review: The Hardest Peace

Recently, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, diagnosed with brain cancer, announced that she had scheduled her death for 1 November. Maynard, a volunteer advocate for Compassion and Choices, had been given six months to live, and came to the conclusion that any treatment would ultimately prove…

To cremate or not to cremate?

Deuteronomy 34 records the death of Moses, the man of God. Moses had been forbidden entry into the Promised Land because of his unbelief (Numbers 20:12), but God did permit him to view the Land before he died. Having viewed it, Moses died and…

A brief theology of death

Recently, I have been making my way, rather slowly, I might add, through Suicide—A Christian Response: Crucial Considerations for Choosing Life. The book takes the form of a collection of essays by various evangelical writers who comment on issues of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide….

Destiny’s child (part 3): What does the text say?

In my ongoing thinking through the issue of infants (and the mentally handicapped) who die, and their eternal destiny, I have thus far sought to set forth the overriding argument as I understanding it, and to deal with some objections and other issues relating…

Destiny’s child (part two): Objections and other considerations

Previously, I outlined my basic assertion that those who die in infancy, or who are too severely handicapped to wrestle intellectually with the implications of the gospel, experience God’s salvific grace. It appears to me that, by his own decree, God’s judgement is based…

Destiny’s child (part one): The overriding argument

The Bible teaches in no uncertain terms that everyone has sinned and has consequently fallen short of God’s divine standard. Sin separates us from God, and God’s just decree is that sin is punishable by death. But Jesus Christ took the penalty for our…

Mercy killing: An introduction

In 2006 Sean Davison, a professor at the biotechnology department of the University of the Western Cape (UWC), visited his aging mother, Patricia, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Davison’s mother, then 85, was a retired general practitioner and psychiatrist. She had been diagnosed with terminal…