1. What if the dissonance in this calendrical coincidence can be harmonized into a deeper melody?
  2. My goal here isn’t to selfishly reflect on all the reasons I will miss Rod because I know that if you are reading this, you may miss this man, too.
  3. A “good death” and “good life” are not accomplished through personal striving but are grasped by faith in the promises of God.
  4. We know that death does not have the last word in Christ.
  5. This is an excerpt from “Finding God in the Darkness: Hopeful Reflections from the Pits of Depression, Despair, and Disappointment” by Bradley Gray (1517 Publishing, 2023).
  6. Jesus is the only answer to the nagging question. He is the only way to make sense of this unsettling story in Exodus 4.
  7. If it’s all a fiction spun by disappointed disciples, if it’s a mere symbol for the idea of an inner awakening, if it’s not a fact that Christ has been raised, then our grief and loss have no end, and we have no hope.
  8. This is the message of Lent. We are not called to sacrifice for Jesus in order to earn our salvation. Rather, we are called to remember the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.
  9. In Memory of My Friend, James Arne Nestingen
  10. The spirit indeed is willing and desires bodily death as a gentle sleep. It does not consider it to be death; it knows no such thing as death.
  11. There is comfort and joy that while one is now at rest from his labors, the Lord of the church continues to ensure that the good seed is sown, watered, and cared for.
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