Someone from our church dies nearly every week. If that happened in most churches in America, complaints would be made to the local health department. Fifty-two funerals a year would cause most churches to close their doors forever. But if a church is large enough (and ours qualifies), a funera
Here a pastor shares the sermon he preached at his father's funeral. Using the text and structure of Hebrews 11, he offers a warm reflection on faith and faithfulness.
As this sermon reminds us, the scriptures are very clear and forceful that in times of crisis, many people feel the absence of God. There is pain, loss, brokenness and death in all of our lives. Yet, even in the context of a funeral, we remember what Ezekiel learned: God's breath suffocates death.
The two sermons which follow were preached by Robert E. Coleman at the funerals of his parents. His father, James Henry Coleman, was buried January 7, 1975, and his mother, Helen Hood Coleman on August 21, 1985. Both messages offer fitting tribute to loved ones, and provide a model for bringing comfort and inspiration in the funeral setting.