Can any good come from thinking about death? Our natural tendency is to answer that question no! But what if our meditation on death was informed by a theological understanding of death, a recognition of the comfort Jesus’s death affords Christians, and ethical guidance for dealing with death in these complicated days of modern medical developments? Rather than being morbidly unhelpful, authors Joel R. Beeke and Christopher W. Bogosh contend that meditating on dying and death can be profitable, even necessary, for us. Are you prepared to say that your death will be “gain” (Phil. 1:21)?
“Death comes for all of us, sooner or later. It does not ask if we are useful members of society, loving spouses and parents, obedient children, or pillars in God’s church, imbued with large doses of godly piety. Death takes no bribes; it knows no denials. The appointment book is in God’s hand. Your name and ours and the time and circumstances of our dying and death are all known to God (Job 14:5).” (Page 3)
“Have you ever tried to meditate for even ten minutes on the fact that you are dying and on your inevitable death and afterlife?” (Page ix)
“ ‘Death is as due to a sinner as wages are to a servant.” (Page 19)
“Medically speaking, death comes from the systemic disruption of cardiopulmonary activity such that oxygen-based life processes are replaced by a process of decay into earth.” (Page 14)
“but emotionally and spiritually we are often not able to face it.” (Page ix)
What these two gifted authors—Joel Beeke and Christopher Bogosh—provide us in this volume is a must-read for everyone. Contained in these pages is the gospel message, written especially for those facing death. There is no greater opportunity for the gospel to do its work than when someone is facing death. Likewise, there is no greater time when the blessed assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ is more needed than when a person is consciously aware that they will be soon passing from this world to the next. Wherever you find yourself today, you need to read this book and embrace these truths.
—Steven J. Lawson, president, OnePassion Ministries, Dallas, Texas
Few things are less talked about and yet more needed than sound, pastoral advice about dying and what one can expect a few seconds after death. Our society has vaulted the topic from public discussion. But Christians face death with much anticipation—not for the process of dying, which can often be fearful, but for what lies beyond it—paradise. Beeke and Bogosh have given us rare treasure that will make us wise. ‘Are you ready to die?’ asked an English Puritan to a young man attending college for the first time who then, apparently, fled in fear of his life! But the question was a pastoral one, and one for which we should have a ready answer. And here it is.
—Derek W. H. Thomas, senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary; and teaching fellow, Ligonier Ministries
Joel Beeke and Christopher Bogosh’s Dying and Death answers a crying need in the church today: clear biblical teaching about death and the afterlife. Experience shows that many believers (and pastors) are unaware of the Bible’s encouraging teaching about the wonderful things that God has in store for those who die in Christ. More than that, Dying and Death confronts many cultural myths regarding death and centers our hope in the victory that Christ has won over it. This short book is a must read, packing biblical truth and gospel encouragement for an event that we all must face. How much better to face death armed with the truth of God’s Word!
—Richard D. Phillips, author of What Happens After Death?
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Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Puritan Reformed Journal and Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
Christopher W. Bogosh is the director of education for the Reformed Anglican Church; serves as an associate pastor at Resurrection Anglican Church in St. Augustine, Florida; and continues his work as a registered nurse and pastoral counselor specializing in medical decision making, home health case management, mental-spiritual health and wholeness, and palliative care.