Better Than Life (Psalm 63)

For centuries, Christian martyrs have faced a basic question: Is faithfulness to God more precious than life? Martyrs have been told that their lives could be spared if they will but recant their faith. No doubt, in the pressure of the moment, many have…

Delivered from Death (Psalm 49)

A 2007 CNN article focused on a “new” medical focus known as “age management.” The article cites the website of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, which speaks of “the arcane, outmoded stance that aging is natural and inevitable.” The Academy is in the…

Memento Mori (Psalm 39)

Second-century Christian writer, Tertullian, claims that, during his triumphal procession after battle, a slave would sit behind a victorious Roman general, holding a crown over his head, and whispering softly, “Respice post te. Hominem te memento.” Roughly translated: “Look to the time after your…

Building Confidence (Psalm 16)

Psalm 16 teaches us about building confidence. Paul quotes this psalm in Acts 13:35 as a prophecy of Jesus’ resurrection. But let us not forget that David wrote this in the context of his own trials. While God inspired David’s words in such a…

#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…