Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral by Thomas G. Long

By Thomas G. Long

Thomas lengthy starts this attention-grabbing quantity through describing how the Christian funeral built traditionally, theologically, and liturgically, after which discusses fresh cultural developments in funeral practices, together with the increase in either cremations and memorial prone. He describes the fundamental development for a funeral provider, information innovations in funeral making plans, identifies features of a "good funeral," and offers considerate assistance for preaching at a funeral.

Long additionally notes a aggravating development towards funeral providers that appear theologically correct and pastorally being concerned, yet really leave from the first goals of the Christian funeral. He argues new, less-theological and less-satisfying provider that makes a speciality of the mourner has all started to erode the Christian view. He contrasts the traditional grand group drama with modern development towards body-less memorial providers that attention totally on the dwelling and grief administration. it is a loss for the church, he argues, and he demands the church to reclaim the vintage metaphor.

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