Seven years ago today, September 18, 2007, Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, stood before 400 colleagues and students to deliver his final lecture entitled “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams.”
It was Randy’s last lecture as a professor because he was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer. On that day he was youthful, upbeat and vigorous. While he refused to wallow in self-pity, he spoke of how the cancer would eventually claim his life. Ten months later it did. Continue reading
There is a great scene in The Fisherman’s Lady by Scottish author, poet and preacher, George MacDonald. Malcolm, the fisherman, and his friend, the schoolmaster, are sitting in a graveyard following the death of a local woman and discussing dying.
“But, sir, isn’t death a dreadful thing?” asked Malcolm. Continue reading
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David Cawston, in a sermon entitled “Ready to Face the Music,” began with this riddle. Can you guess the answer?
“There is a preacher of the old school, but he speaks as boldly as ever. He is not popular though the world is his parish, and he travels every part of the globe and speaks in every language. He visits the poor, calls upon the rich, preaches to people of every religion and no religion, and the subject of his sermon is always the same. He is an eloquent preacher, often stirring feelings which no other preacher could in bringing tears to eyes that never weep. His arguments none are able to refute, nor is there any heart that has remained unmoved by the force of his appeals. He shatters life with his message. Most people hate him; everyone fears him.”
“His name?” Continue reading
Yesterday morning when I turned on the news I learned of the death of troubled country music singer Mindy McCready from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She leaves behind two sons, 6 years old and 10 months.
Then after returning from the hospital and visiting a sister having surgery, I checked facebook and learned that two my friends suffered the loss of loved ones. Our prayer list is filled with good people who are sick. Suffering. Fighting seriousness disease. And dealing with terminal illness.
It reminds me of this Bible warning.
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There is a sad story in the Old Testament about the death of King David’s infant son. When the baby became ill, David fasted, prayed and wept for six days. On the seventh day, David’s servants came with the anguished news, “He is dead.” David’s response is remarkable. Continue reading
This morning I am in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Later I will drive over to Morgantown and preach the funeral for my Uncle, James O. Gabbard. He died last Thursday at 91. He lived a full and exciting life. He was a Christian. But finally my Uncle Oval met his appointment with death.
Death. It is a sobering word. A cold word. A frightening word. We don’t even Continue reading
Alexander Teves. John Larimer. Matthew McQuinn. Jon Blunk. You’ve probably seen the names of these men, but may not recognize who they are. They were among the 12 that were murdered in the movie massacre in Aurora, Colorado, last week. But it is how they died that makes their story touching and unique. Continue reading