Resurrection

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The Utter Unacceptability of Death

My SEC colleague from Vanderbilt this week graciously gave me the gift of a slim volume by a former professor of his. The book is A Boy Thirteen: Reflections on Death (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1975), by Jerry A. Irish. Their 13 year old son Lee died of meningitis in 1973, the second of their three sons to die within 4 years. The younger son had been born with a serious heart defect and died before […]

Raised Imperishable

So it is with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable, what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body.  1 Cor 15:42-44 The last two weeks (6th and 7th Sunday after […]

Talking About Death

Specifically, how do we talk about it when someone has died? This article was posted on Facebook by my friend Fr. Jody Howard. “People don’t pass away” by Peter W. Marty on Christian Century. The site has apparently been recycling this story periodically since it was published in 2017. It is well meaning. I passed on the chocolate dessert tray in the restaurant last night, tempting as it was. I dread passing through the TSA screening lines at […]

Remembering the Unknown

“It makes me a bit worried about what the next year will bring,” I said. “What does?” asked Elizabeth. “The fact that things are going so well.” It was Christmas Eve 2012 and we were finishing wrapping presents and a glass of port. I was reflecting on the fact that there had been three major areas of concern in the last few months that had been weighing on my mind and now, just before Christmas, […]

Remembering the Dead

This past month I had the great privilege to participate in an “OLLI” course with our local funeral home director, rabbi, and Orthodox priest. I was surprised that there was less I knew about the Orthodox mourning traditions, than I did about Jewish ones. One tradition was “Soul Saturdays” which is one of those several Saturdays during the year where they commemorate the departed. Yesterday was one such Saturday and Fr. J sent me a link […]

Jacob Lee Correll — September 4, 1996 – June 22, 2015

The following is the homily I shared for Jake’s funeral this past Saturday. It is shared here with the blessing and permission of his family.  Jake Correll We came here today to share our grief and sadness, to give thanks for the life of Jake Correll and to hear God’s word and receive the grace of the Eucharistic feast. I think it is important to state the obvious: none of us choose to be here. We […]

“The being with Christ is not the moment immediately after death.”

On what is fast becoming a theme for this blog, here is another quote by Brunner on the resurrection. The being with Christ is not the moment immediately after death. For in the eternal world there is no next moment. In death the world of space and time disappears and it is just this which is the temporal aspect to which corresponds, from the other-worldly point of view, the being with Christ and the future […]

So shall we.

I miss our son deeply even while cherishing our daughter who is with us. This is the tension we live in, how do we rejoice in the blessings of this world when we long to be reunited and made whole in the next? By clinging to the truth of today: Christ is risen and so shall we.  

Death, properly understood

More from Emil Brunner. The biological fact of death, the extinction of life, is only a shell or container and at the same time symptom and effect of something rooted deep in the spiritual history of man and humanity, just as my own bodily life is only the bearer and husk of my life as a person. The cause of death which the doctor establishes is not the real cause of my death. I do […]

Romans 15:13 – Abounding in Hope

The benediction from this mornings Morning Prayer ends with this passage, “May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NRSV: 13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” I am not sure why the BCP version deleted this clause, but εἰς […]