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funeral sermon, eulogies

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Like many other aspects of our culture, the landscape of planning and officiating funerals seems to have changed quite rapidly over the last decade. That is not to say that many of the things happening today were not present previously. However, the intensity and frequency of what we might call “challenging funerals” appears to have escalated. In what follows, I hope to provide a brief sketch of the anatomy of what may be encountered in funeral planning, as well as some proposals for how Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) pastors might faithfully handle some of the challenging aspects of ministering to the families and friends of the deceased. In the second half of this article, I will also provide a rationale for, and explanation of, what might best be described as a typological funeral sermon which I believe may be useful for current and future pastors.


Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

1 Corinthians 15:26; Matthew 5:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:13; Matthew 11:27–30; John 11:17-44; Romans 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:56; Romans 5:12;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars