Death is, unfortunatley, not a topic we find great pleasure in contemplating. In fact, we spend a large amount of our lives finding ways to avoid death–and that includes our conversations and thought lives. In his new book, The End of the Christian Life, J. Todd Billings forces us to toss aside our contrived ignorance and face the certian reality of our eventual death (and that of our loved ones). This includes all of the implications death has for a Christian. I’m not sure there is a season in history in which this book would not be an important read–because this topic never goes out of style–but I’m willing to say that it would be particularly important for us as a pandemic continues to leave a wake of death all over our world.
I recently had the pleasure of reading and reviewing the book for The Gospel Coalition. You can read a brief excerpt below and follow the link at the bottom of the page to the whole review.
Here’s an excerpt:
Standing in awe of the potent strength of our God, we’re confronted with our own impotent frailty as his creatures. As Paul says, though, it’s our very weakness that most fully displays God’s power (2 Cor. 12:8–10). We’re small, Billings reminds us, and we must learn how to live that way. We, God’s people, have been drawn out of Sheol because our Savior, Jesus Christ, descended into it for us.
Read the whole article on The Gospel Coalition’s website here: The Brightness of Life in the Shadow of Death
Soli Deo Gloria