Salvation belongs to the Lord

A sermon by Rod Benson Jonah 2:1-10 Are you feeling tired this morning? Weary? Stretched? Are you carrying heavy burdens of responsibility, or injustice, or pain, or uncertainty? Is your soul in need of rest this morning? Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take …

What happens when I die?

A sermon by Rod Benson There are two certainties in life: birth and death. We celebrate birth, and while we also celebrate death through carefully crafted eulogies and respectful rituals, a death is usually an occasion for sadness and sympathy, reflection, condolences and hushed voices. Death is inevitable and unavoidable, but it is not a …

A biblical view of death

A sermon by Rod Benson Writing on mortality in the journal First Things, graduate philosophy student Anna Mathie relates what she describes as “the most exquisitely sorrowful moment in a book filled with exquisitely beautiful sorrow” (the book is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings). In the story, Aragorn is at death’s door, and …