Category Archives: Death and Eternity

Capital Punishment?

Recently I heard a pastor tell his congregation that he always destroys his preaching notes right after delivering any sermon lest he be tempted to become lazy and stale in his ministry by repeating that message in some future situation. … Continue reading

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Musings on death – such as the departure of someone close

Death is usually inconvenient An elderly friend or relative who has been sick for some time and whose death has been expected soon can actually pass away while we are off on holiday. And we can wrongly assume that our … Continue reading

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Staring death in the face

‘The last enemy’ The phrase ‘the elephant in the room’ refers to any situation in which everyone present is aware of an embarrassing ‘beast of a problem’ but no-one will dare to mention it, all pretending not to notice it. … Continue reading

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Stand up, Anastasia!

The young visitor told me her name was Anastasia. ‘That’s beautiful,’ I remarked, ‘and unusual; a big name for a little girl.’ Daddy reminded me, ‘It means resurrection.’ That was years ago, prompting me to examine the Greek term anastasis … Continue reading

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Hell, as Jesus taught about it

Hell is on everyone’s lips as a slang word, but is it a myth just to frighten us into unselfish behaviour? Will it give us real torment between death and judgement day to reform us for heaven? Will it burn … Continue reading

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Heaven? It’s out of this world!

Which heaven? [] Is it the popular venue with terrestrial TV? – ‘If mother’s watching up there, she’ll be proud of my achievement.’ Are ‘loved ones in glory looking this way,’ as we sang in my childhood? Surely they are … Continue reading

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Exit 21

Life’s exits and entrances ‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.’  So mused the doleful Jacques in Shakespeare’s … Continue reading

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