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What emotions do I feel as I begin to bury the final original members of my church?

When I came to pastor Auburndale Baptist Church almost 15 years ago there were 30 elderly members.  After the death of a beloved 96 year old widow on Saturday, 6 remain.  I have a range of emotions as I prepare

Posted in Funerals, Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul, Training for Ministry

What is a common email I receive from new pastors about funerals?

I have lost count with the amount of times I have received this kind of email about this book, Conduct Gospel Center Funerals: Applying the gospel to the unique challenges of death, by Brian Croft and Phil Newton: I’m a

Posted in Book Recommendation, Funerals

What 3 elements need to be in every funeral sermon?

I was contacted last week by a pastor asking this question and thought there might be others asking it also.  The most helpful advice I ever received about preaching at a funeral for someone I didn’t know is: “Don’t preach

Posted in Funerals

How does a pastor deal with losing his daughter to a drug addiction?

My friend, Jon Cyrus, Pastor of First Baptist Prospect, experienced great tragedy a few weeks ago with the news that his daughter, 27, had lost her battle with drug addiction.  Jon has graciously allowed us in to see how he is

Posted in Funerals, Home and Family, The Pastor's Soul
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