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Mon 18 Jan 2021 @ 14:02

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Accompany Them with Singing--The Christian Funeral

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ISBN-13: 9780664239701
Published: 24/04/2013
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Thomas Long begins this fascinating volume by describing how the Christian funeral developed historically, theologically, and liturgically, and then discusses recent cultural trends in funeral practices, including the rise in both cremations and memorial services. He describes the basic pattern for a funeral service, details options in funeral planning, identifies characteristics of a "good funeral," and provides thoughtful guidance for preaching at a funeral. Long also notes a disturbing trend toward funeral services that seem theologically right and pastorally caring, but actually depart from the primary aims of the Christian funeral. He argues that a new, less-theological and less-satisfying service that focuses on the mourner has begun to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the ancient grand community drama with today's trend toward body-less memorial services that focus primarily on the living and grief management. This is a loss for the church, he argues, and he calls for the church to reclaim the classic metaphor.
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Thomas G. Long

Thomas G. Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching at Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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Mon 18 Jan 2021 @ 14:02

Today marks the beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The love of God seeks us. God became human in… https://t.co/YrVA4htwv3