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What words should a pastor long to hear after conducting a funeral?

I am often given the opportunity to preach funerals where I do not know the deceased or their family.  This was one of those occasions.  I preached a funeral of an unbeliever with many other unbelievers present.  When conducting a

Posted in Funerals, Preaching

How does a pastor conduct the funeral of someone he did not know?

I am preaching a funeral today.  It is someone I did not know.  I have no idea what her spiritual condition was.  A local funeral home contacted me and asked if I could help.  I have probably done a 100 of these

Posted in Funerals

How do you preach a funeral while out of the country?

Well, you cannot.  Pastors may try to be superman most of the time, but we cannot be at two places at once, especially if both those places are in two different countries.  This was the challenge I faced as I was

Posted in Funerals

How do you care for a congregation one year after the sudden death of a beloved church member?

Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the sudden death of a dear friend and faithful deacon in our church, Stacy Ellison.  Some of you might remember the whirlwind we experienced through this event in several blog posts that came

Posted in Caring for Widows, Funerals, Oversight of Souls
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