Posts Tagged ‘ressurection’

The Future Tense of Funerals

At funerals, there is a lot of talk about the past.  “Do you remember the time Dad took us to the lake?” “Bob just loved to create beauty with his scroll saw.”  “I just wish we had a chance to talk about that day and what was said.” At funerals, there is often a lot […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 16th, 2015 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Eight

Certain numbers have instant recognizable biblical credibility.  12, 40, 7, 10. Earlier today I created an image crafted with scriptural words about baptism.  One of the words I included was simply “Eight.”  Why eight?  Well the simple answer is this verse: 1 Peter 3:20-22  …God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on October 24th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  5 Comments

Facebook as Areopagus

Last Sunday we read: Acts 17:17-22  So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the devout persons, and in the marketplace every day with those who happened to be there.   Some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers also conversed with him. And some said, "What does this babbler wish to say?" Others said, […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on June 1st, 2011 under Blogging, Creationism and Science, Politics, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,  •  3 Comments

Easter Tradition

I wrote this after seeing a Facebook post where someone had entered a contest where they were asked to write about their Easter tradition. Every year I gather with the dead inside a building shaped like a tomb.  Our eyes are wet with grief for our beloved is dead. Our grief has languished for days.   […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 23rd, 2011 under Creative Writing, Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Focus, for a week?

Tomorrow, we start holy week.  And as Christians following the church year, we are asked to do something that I doubt comes natural to hardly any of us any more.  We are invited to focus in on the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord for a week.   Yes, we people who digest everything in 30 […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on April 16th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , ,  •  1 Comment

Talking to Children about Death

How do you do it? How do most do it: Grandpa is in heaven.  He is happy now. This says too little and is not how the bible speaks about death. How should we do it: 1.  Speak of the practical reality of death.  The one who died will no longer be at the house.  […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on February 16th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , ,  •  12 Comments

Worshiping Cats and Crocodiles

“That Jones shall worship the god within him turns out ultimately to means that Jones shall worship Jones. Let Jones worship the sun or moon, anything rather than the inner light; Let Jones worship cats or crocodiles, if he can find any in his street, but not the god within. Christianity came into the world […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on January 6th, 2011 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Therefore encourage one another with THESE words.

What words?  These words: 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.   Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on November 19th, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , , ,  •  No Comments

Churchill and Taps

At Winston Churchill’s funeral he arranged for something a bit unusual.  Most of us are used to hearing taps at the close of the funeral services of veterans.  If fact there is a national organization dedicated solely to making sure that taps is played at every veterans funeral.  But at Churchill’s funeral, the typical playing […]

Posted by Philip Hoppe on May 31st, 2010 under Theology and Practice Tags: , , , ,  •  3 Comments