The Secularization of Suicide: Guarding the Elevators

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It’s a pleasure for me to publish this piece from Dr. Jerry Pattengale, who is University Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University as well as the Director of the Green Scholars Initiative. Jerry is a kind of academic entrepreneur, an innovator and developer of new learning approaches and ventures. * The Secularization of Suicide By Jerry Pattengale [Read More...]

When a Loved One Takes His Life

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I once belonged to a church where one of the pastors, it emerged, had been abusive toward his wife.  It got ugly, in part because of racial issues.  It was a Chinese church and the pastor’s wife was Caucasian.  Some felt the fate of their beloved church was threatened by the wife’s decision to act [Read More...]

How Should Christians Think About Near-Death Experiences?

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A recent piece I wrote on hell was inspired, in part, by the story of 23 Minutes in Hell, an account from a gentleman named Bill Wiese of a nighttime experience in which, he believed, he was permitted to experience hell for a short period of time in order to return to the land of the [Read More...]

Breakfast Links for 12/31/12 – When Death Comes Home; Get ALL the Story; Entitlement and Grace; Les Mis’ Theology

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BREAKFAST LINKS 12/31/12: Karen Spears Zacharias, Patheos/Karen Spears Zacharias: “I read recently that in tribal villages it is the wails of the mourning that alerts others in the village when someone has died. People in this country don’t give over much to wailing. We are conditioned to think that such mourning is unbecoming. I blame [Read More...]

Sandy Hook and the Revolt Against Death

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An odd thing happened to me the night before the mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School. My wife and I had watched a recorded episode of Parenthood in which Kristina, a wife and mother, very nearly passes away in a hospital.  The recording she had made for her children, in the event of her death, was [Read More...]


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