test8.expandit.io/golden-retriever-a-comprehensive-guide-to.php The wildness of death, however, is not so easily managed. To a degree that was not true before the writing of this book, Long now believes and emphasizes that to God, the flesh matters. But clergy who regularly officiate funerals will be rewarded with a thoughtful appraisal of current funeral practices, and a cohesive theological foundation for informing ministry at times of death. Aug 10, Drew rated it liked it. In many ways, I really liked this book, especially towards the beginning. Much of the information presented appeared to be thoroughly researched, and I will definitely incorporate a lot of that material into my own ministry.
His discourses on life after death, the importance of the body at the funeral, and death as a journey are top-notch theological reflections.
Alongside of all of this, Long offers a ton of practical help for preachers. However, there is just too much about this book that bugs In many ways, I really liked this book, especially towards the beginning. However, there is just too much about this book that bugs me for me to rate it any higher.
Primarily, I closed the final page feeling as if this book was too triumphalistic.
Long looks too glibly at death for my taste as one who has to face pastoral issues on a daily basis. Without wasting too much digital space, I will say that I think he overlooks both the "Good Friday" element and the lament tradition of the Christian life. Also, he leaves out way too much at the end on difficult funerals. We only get a few paragraphs on what comprises a large chunk of the funerals over which I preside.
Christian pastors must deal with the necessity of the body and the customs of the community but what guides their choices Christianly? He reminds readers that discernment is always I can count the funerals I've attended with one hand and of those I went to, I was never involved with the careful and reflective behind-the-scenes planning and organizing. God gets a brief cameo somewhere in the funeral sermon, primarily as cosmic counselor. To be sure we need that, and pastors for centuries failed to give it. The lament is embedded in the gospel, but the gospel brings meaning to lament. Apr 21, Michael Woods rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of the inevitabilities of Christian ministry is the Christian funeral.
He does not go into detail as to why he prefers some liturgies better than others and how we might incorporate them into our tradition's liturgies. With all of this said, this is still a crucial book for a pastor's library. In fact, I would love for Long to write a similar book on weddings.
Feb 16, Jeff rated it it was amazing Shelves: Accompany Them with Singing is a magnificent short volume on the funeral. Thomas Long begins with a historical overview of the Christian funeral, beginning with the Jewish and Roman funeral rituals that the church drew from. Next, he suggests how we might make funerals more meaningful.
Finally, Long covers preac Accompany Them with Singing is a magnificent short volume on the funeral. Finally, Long covers preaching at funerals and offers some advice on how to handle difficult cases such as the death of a child or a suicide.
The body, according to Long, offers a second sermon. Although Long wants the service to be personalized, he also advises caution here as the purpose of all such services is to focus the attention on the God who gives life and resurrection and not to overly emphasize the deceased. Long also envisions the service to be a journey from life to death, from the church to the burial and likes the symbolism of moving with the body to its final resting place or to the crematorium.
Apr 14, Lynne rated it liked it. The author provides good information, but belabors his point But then he belabors that point repeatedly Perhaps the best portion of the book comes at the end when the author enumerates "The Eight Purposes of a Good Funeral Sermon" and gives some ideas about "Difficult Funerals" death The author provides good information, but belabors his point Perhaps the best portion of the book comes at the end when the author enumerates "The Eight Purposes of a Good Funeral Sermon" and gives some ideas about "Difficult Funerals" death of a child, suicide I certainly do appreciate his view that the funeral is not for closure of the survivors, but for the person who died This is a remarkable book.
Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Accompany Them with Singing--The Christian Funeral Paperback – April 24, Thomas G. Long, one of America's most trusted and thoughtful pulpit voices, provides a. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Long, a homiletics professor and well-regarded preacher, argues that funerals have become.
It is a reference book, but it is worth your time to read all the way through. It is immensely theological, historical, AND practical.
This is so rare is such a book. The only issue is that, because it functions so well as a reference work, it doesn't stock in your mind.
It won't leave an indelible mark on your mind necessarily. It's better as a book to go to when a funeral arises in your midst. You won't retain even half the things you read here, ev This is a remarkable book. You won't retain even half the things you read here, even though it's all gold. Read it through once. Then keep it close. For the time s you need it will surely come, and you will want to know the layout of this book to help you then. Jul 17, Allister rated it it was amazing. Thomas Long is an excellent preacher and communicator.
In this book he frames the Christian understanding of death with helpful theology and ecclesiology. He confronts some of the sociological patterns of contemporary funerals and calls the Christian Church to recover a confident and clear funeral practice. Although it has a strong North American flavour, a lot of the examples are familiar in a NZ context. What I like most about this book is that it is an exploration of what we DO.
Thomas Long r Thomas Long is an excellent preacher and communicator. Thomas Long raises the important question: Apr 13, Timothy Stidham rated it liked it Shelves: Asks great questions, but in the end the practical suggestions fall short in my opinion. But if we ask Long's questions and dig a little deeper with a little more conviction, we might just come up with a fuller theology of Christian death and sound a clearer Christian hope of resurrection.
Sep 29, Clint rated it really liked it. It changed my viewpoint on the funeral service. I narrowly thought that the service was to "comfort the living. Aug 14, Rhonda rated it really liked it. A very helpful book for those who are preparing funerals. I would recommend to ministers and chaplains wholeheartedly, also to those who may be pondering their mortality in light of traditional Christian beliefs. Nov 23, Luke rated it it was amazing.
This is a very helpful book, a great reminder of what exactly we are doing in a funeral service and the many benefits a good funeral service can have for the family and the church. Long says I wouldn't completely agree with, but overall, a helpful book for any pastor. Feb 27, Kate Davis marked it as to-read. Baptism into death--and come up from waters in newness of life. Mar 02, Darcy Knight rated it it was amazing.
Excellent book, a true go-to for any pastor. Not only a great source for the theology of funerals, but also the planning. May 07, Jo Fisher-kretzler rated it really liked it. Nov 19, TJ rated it really liked it Shelves: Must read for any pastor. The one limitation was the very Christian focus. Rather than a communal act of moving the body from the place where it died through theologically rich lament and worship to the place of its rest has been replaced, the funeral is now broken up into parts with very few people even the family knowing what happens in each of the parts.
A sort of assembly line of death has been created, with a personal memorial at the end. God gets a brief cameo somewhere in the funeral sermon, primarily as cosmic counselor. That is a very powerful thing. I think that grief is accounted for and is part of the story: The book is full of practical help for pastors who want to think through the theological, societal, and pragmatic issues related to pastoring at the time of death.
The characteristics of a good funeral sermon are there. The elements of a well planned funeral are there. The best part of the book is this realization: The lament is embedded in the gospel, but the gospel brings meaning to lament. To be sure we need that, and pastors for centuries failed to give it.
Yet more than grief management, we need meaning for the soul. Otherwise with each death, a little more of our light leaks out. Accompany Them with Singing: Interview quotations taken from: Why, when met with the finality of death, do many pastors feel they thrive? What is the purpose of a Christian funeral in the first place? Westminster John Knox Press, Long admits in the introduction that it took him nearly fifteen years to complete this work. Until recently, he has been known to joke that his gravestone might say, "Still researching funerals. The book has two parts. Part one, called simply, "Background" helpfully prepares the reader for the second, "The Church's Ministry in Death.
Do we go straight to heaven when we die? How should we speak of the soul if we know it's not separate from the body? A pastor friend of mine plans to use one of these chapters in her upcoming confirmation class. In part two, Long moves from background to the present-day task of many pastors—carrying out funerals—or as Long might say, "Accompanying the dead saint to the grave while proclaiming the gospel.
A good funeral is something the people of God must do together"