Today I received an email from a woman to whom our church has been reaching out. She was asking if I'd be willing to lead a memorial service for her friend's mother who had recently passed.
Of course, I said "Yes". Who would pass up a gospel opportunity like that? But then I had that moment (not uncommon in my expierience of ministry) where I realize that I'm not sure about the next steps to take.
So, I was ridiculously glad to receive in the mail a new book by my friends Brian Croft (of 9Marks blogging fame) and Phil Newtown: Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals. I've already read it, and it's very, very good.
Given the dynamics of my church, I do 50 weddings for every funeral that I conduct. To be honest, I don't have a ton of experience. And so I greatly appreciate how specific the book's counsel is. If you want advice on how to appropriately eulogize an adult with mental handicaps who was not known to you, there's a section in the book for that. I'm not joking... and it's good advice too!
If you're ever called on to take part in funerals, this is a great resource to help you think through how to love people and shine the gospel clearly in that moment.