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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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April 9, 2014 - Dead and Buried?

By Scott Harrup

A 2007 Father's Day gift from my brother and sister-in-law was Tod Benoit's book Where Are They Buried? How Did They Die? The subtitle, "Fitting Ends and Final Resting Places of the Famous, Infamous, and Noteworthy," only describes the smallest portion of the book's content.

Each of the entries — which are alphabetized under such categories as "Baby Boomer Icons," "Sports Heroes," and "Original Women" — offers a succinct biography of the person featured. Only the final paragraphs of an entry deal with the person's demise and burial location.

Thumbing through the book the other day, I found the central concept paradoxical. The book really was not so much about death as about life.

A little later, I watched a documentary about the recently exhumed remains of England's Richard III, who died during the Battle of Bosworth Field more than 500 years ago and whose skeleton was discovered in 2012 under a parking lot in the city of Leicester. Interwoven with the archeological and forensic studies undertaken to verify the identity of the recovered bones was plenty of commentary on Richard's life and reign.

My book and my evening television entertainment both point to our natural tendency to contemplate death in the context of the life preceding it.

I believe there is a deeply spiritual motivation behind this all-too-common human behavior. At our core, I sense all people at least suspect that death is not final. Followers of Christ, in studying the Bible, are absolutely assured this is true.

Perhaps the most reassuring promise of this reality is from Jesus himself: "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die" (John 11:25, NIV).

A life lived in the context of faith in Christ as Savior is really just getting started when physical death inserts itself. Death is an interruption, nothing more, in the life God has brought into fellowship with himself through His Son.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (




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