Outsourcing Death and Dying in America

This marks my last regularly-scheduled post for the Anxious Bench as the demands of my new position at Hannibal-LaGrange University dictate a reprieve from writing deadlines.  It seems fitting that a fitting bookend would be my first official Anxious Bench post as a regular contributor.  So from the archive, here is “Outsourcing Death and Dying [Read More...]

Your Body and God

I recently had the privilege of pre-reading Rob Moll’s forthcoming book, What Your Body Knows About God (November 2014, IVP).  In it, Moll distills difficult scientific research, making sense of it in light of historic Christian practices–particularly those targeting personal transformation.  Moll’s own ministry experience and anecdotal accounts season the chapters, adding personal interest to this smoothly-written [Read More...]

Outsourcing Death and Dying in America

Replica of Lincoln's Coffin

Once an intimate family affair, death and dying are now outsourced in America. Set in different centuries, stories from two of America’s greatest storytellers highlight the manner in which American encounters with death and dying have changed over the last two hundred years. Culled from Stephen King’s novella The Body (1982), the plot in the [Read More...]