Christianity and Cremation: I had a student reach out the other day about cremation. Is it morally permissible? Is it morally wrong? Are Christians committing a sin to cremate a body after death? This sent me on a search for good online sources that I could share with the student. I found one very helpful piece on The Gospel Coalition’s website, a source that I really enjoy and trust. The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Cremation.
The Beauty of Routine: As a family, we might have had our two worst days of sickness since my wife and I got married. It was a hard weekend for us. I only share it to say that when I was able to wake up this morning, make coffee, and sit at my desk to start the week, I was reminded that routine—while sometimes mundane—is so simple, refreshing, and even life-giving. Routine can bring joy. I am thankful for routine. To wake up this morning, make my coffee, sit at my desk, and open the Bible was truly refreshing and joyful as my body mends.
Hermeneutics Simplified: Hermeneutics is a fancy word that simply refers to how we interpret the Bible. Here is a great definition: “Biblical hermeneutics is the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation. The word most often refers to how to interpret the Bible or other sacred texts from other religions. This is not to be confused with exegesis. Where exegesis refers to the interpretation of a specific Biblical text, hermeneutics is deciding which principles we will use in order to interpret the text” (source). While the word is hard to spell and is not used in your average sermon, it is extremely important. I found this article online from a source I trust very much. It is written by pastor and theologian Sam Storms. When I lived in Kansas City and attended Metro Christian Fellowship back in the day, Sam Storms was on staff as a pastor. I was there during the transition from Mike Bickle to Floyd McClung (the latter recently passed). If you will carve out 15-20 minutes to read, this article can really benefit your understanding of how and how not to read and interpret the Scripture. and yes, this applies to evangelicals, who are sometimes the worst about thinking they are “simply reading the Bible” when in fact they are not aware of all that they are bringing with them when they read the text. May we all grow and get better. Here is the article: HERMENEUTICAL PRINCIPLES by Sam Storms.