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As a society, we resist talking about what is an absolute for all of us: We will someday die. It’s time we have conversations with our loved ones about our deaths and our wishes for end-of-life care. […] Read More

How much do we really know about Jewish burials? What effect are they having on the environment? Is this an important conversation for us to have? A few things really struck me from Richard Conniff’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times, titled “This Is How I Want to Be Dead.” The author writes […] Read More

Latino and Latina death practices differ significantly from those of Anglo Protestant families, yet they are largely unknown outside the Latino community. Candi K. Cann, assistant professor in Baylor University’s Interdisciplinary Core of the Honors College, authored a study on these differences, seeking to dispel the idea that U.S. customs surrounding death and dying are […] Read More

All religions attempt to make sense of death. Death is an enemy, the ultimate enemy. It represents an exit from what we know into what we don’t know. While our religion has some effect on how we grieve, grief is a universal response to loss. Everyone grieves. It’s our rituals and customs that vary and […] Read More

‘Being Mortal’

With the advent of the DVD, moviemakers have offered viewers the option to watch alternate endings of their favorite movies. A “director’s cut” lets us choose one ending over another, according to our preferences. Atul Gawande’s book, “Being Mortal,” allows individuals in declining health or with a terminal illness to consider alternate endings to their […] Read More

A sermon by Bob Browning, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Ky. May 25, 2014 John 14:1-7 Some of my most meaningful conversations are with people who are dying. When your days on earth are drawing to a close, you don’t waste words, which is why most of the dialogue is focused and serious. This appears […] Read More

William Hull, noted Baptist pastor, author and scholar, died at 83 in December 2013 after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease since 2008. A posthumous book by Hull, who wrote or contributed to dozens of books, awaits publication by Samford University Press. Titled “The Quest for a Good Death,” it chronicles Hull’s experience with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis […] Read More

William Hull, noted Baptist pastor, author and scholar, died at 83 in December 2013 after battling Lou Gehrig’s disease since 2008. A posthumous book by Hull, who wrote or contributed to dozens of books, awaits publication by Samford University Press. Titled “The Quest for a Good Death,” it chronicles Hull’s experience with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis […] Read More

Rising Sign of Hope

A sermon by Michael Cheuk, Pastor, University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va. April 6, 2014. John 11:1-45 This episode from the Gospel of John has often been called “The Raising of Lazarus.”  And yet, it is interesting that in the forty-five verses it takes to tell this story, only two verses are devoted to the actual […] Read More

Coming Attractions

A sermon by Keith Herron, Pastor, Holmeswood Baptist Church, Kansas City, Mo. The Fifth Sunday of Lent John 11:1-45 April 6, 2014 Ezekiel 37:1-14; Psalm 130; Romans 8:6-11 Two weeks ago today, I unknowingly stepped onto the movie set where Cowboys and Aliens was filmed about an hour north of Santa Fe. Ghost Ranch may […] Read More