No pang shall be mine?

John Wesley famously summarised the final outworking of the gospel in the hearts of those within early Methodism with the memorable words, 'Our people die well'. As a summary of the power of gospel hope to hold out against death, this is as succinct as it is brilliant; as a road map for walking through…

Review: After Life by Ricky Gervais

The creative output of comedian, writer, director and actor Ricky Gervais is always worthy of some consideration. His past successes with The Office and Extras were due in no small part to his ability to see the everyday banalities of modern life, the petty significance of people's experiences, and to render them with starkness and…

Burial matters

These days I'm reading, thinking, and preaching a lot about heaven. This comes as a culmination of some preaching I did in 2018 on Christ's return, which in turn led me into conversations with people about the intermediate and final state. Last Lord's Day I preached on our bodily resurrection, and then spent time with…

You Will Die Someday

It takes effort to be habitually weaned from the visible - Wilhelmus à Brakel It’s not often that my interaction with Twitter manages to mirror any of the features of life in the ancient world, but a feed I follow entitled ‘Daily Death Reminder’ gets pretty close. Each morning this account faithfully advertises the fact…