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The Way, the Truth, and the Life

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Admission time: Needles terrify me. As a rule, I’m okay with dental needles, but I live in dread of regular injections. I recognise that it is a highly irrational fear, because injections never actually hurt very much and, unlike many others I know, I’ve never known...
The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life

In the face of death, Christians frequently embrace, as a form of hope, the promise that the deceased is “absent from the body” but “present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8). This is typically taken to mean that the soul, separated from the body, goes immediately...
The Cost of Death

The Cost of Death

Psalm 116 contains one of the most frequently cited verses in the entire collection of psalms when it comes to Christian reflection on death: “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (v. 15). We find this verse often cited at the news of a...
Better Than Life

Better Than Life

For centuries, Christian martyrs have faced a basic question: Is faithfulness to God more precious than life? Martyrs have been told that their lives could be spared if they will but recant their faith. No doubt, in the pressure of the moment, many have found...