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Facing Death as People of Resurrection

30072805_10212970897759808_4660996771050760893_oAnswer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; you set me free when I am hard pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.  I picked up the phone and dialed one of the most respected ministers I knew:  Gilbert Hellwig, the German American pastor of the storied First Baptist Church, Cleveland’s equivalent of Manhattan’s Riverside.  Dr. Hellwig listened to my heartbreak, as all good pastors learn to do, then replied wistfully in that ponderous voice of his, “You know?  We Christians claim to be people of resurrection and yet we are so afraid to let some things just die.  But if we are who we say we are—that is, people of resurrection–we must be willing to let some things die so that new life can spring up, albeit in a very different way.” Continue reading