The articles in this issue on funerals set me to thinking about my own experience and the changes I have witnessed in funerals. In my first two congregations I never conducted a funeral in the church itself. Every funeral was held in a funeral home, and every funeral was followed by a graveside interment and committal.
This week’s epistle reading ends
by exhorting us to “approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that
we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” That’s
exactly what the young man in the Gospel story does: he boldly
approaches the throne o
Beginning preachers often assume that only after they have built up the
trust of the congregation by assuring them of God's lovingkindness will
they have earned the right to deliver the harder words of scripture.
Preachers who glance at this Gospel lesson and contemplate the delights
of contracting swine flu just before Sunday could be forgiven, but a
second look reveals an opportunity to teach about Christian community
and behaviors that imperil it.
San Diego State University is likely the first campus in the United States to open a Buddhist-sponsored fraternity and a sorority. They are the brainchild of a Buddhist temple in San Diego, which has been offering courses and meditation on campus for the past six years. “Instead of a keg, we’ll have a meditation room,” the founder said. Life in these Greek-lettered houses will attempt to integrate generosity, morality, patience, diligence, concentration, and wisdom into their academic and social lives. Community service will be promoted (Lion’s Roar, August 30).