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July 4th, Sufjan, and the Wake-up Call of Death

Thankful for this post from Grace Leuenberger: This week, Sufjan Stevens announced a new, forthcoming solo album titled The Ascension, his first since Carrie and Lowell debuted in March 2015. I remember listening to the album on that frigid March morning, sitting with my legs cramped underneath my dorm room desk. Tears sprung up in […]

Grace at a Funeral

Racial Reconciliation and a Glimpse of God’s Kingdom

A Grave Burden

You Can Carry Your Memories, and God Can Carry You

Our Souls House Many Homes

Landscape, Memory, and Ignatian Imagination

More than Lament: the Strange Boldness of Christianity

Seeing Beyond the Grave in a Pandemic

Departed to the Judgment

A Life Between Two Worlds

The Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living

Reflections for Ash Wednesday

Death and Life Under the Mark of Cain

The Best Bad News We Could Receive

If Jesus Paid It All, What’s With All the Ashes?

On Unnatural Death and Suffering the Last Flickers of Sin

Sitting Shiva for Kobe: On the Complicated Nature of Grief, and Humans

If there’s anything the movie This Is Where I Leave You taught me — besides that Tina Fey should not do accents — it’s about shiva, the Jewish tradition in response to the death of an immediate family member. I’d heard of shiva before but for the first time saw it dramatized in the film, […]

The Body and the Coffin

This one comes to us from Kurt Armstrong. A few years ago I built a coffin for my father-in-law Walter. I made it with oak plywood, the oak a nice veneer, the plywood strong and stable so it wouldn’t warp or twist or cup. I built it, stained it, and varnished it, and I kept […]

Because It Rains: Why Kobe Bryant’s Death Hit So Hard & Wide

The following was written by Isabella Yosuico. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matthew 5:45) Why has a death like that of Kobe Bryant—and his daughter and companions—hit so many so very hard? Even non-basketball fans have been […]