Death

Remembering Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)

‘There are people who die well,’ beloved pastor and author Eugene Peterson said recently, ‘and I want to be one.’ Well, Eugene achieved his goal. After decades spent nurturing a worldwide audience through his 30-plus books, Eugene Peterson has died. Best known for his paraphrase of the Bible called The Message, he will be remembered not for his fame, but for the personal attention he gave everyone he came into contact with. Here are some personal reflections, my 2006 interview with him, and the spine-tingling details of his final days. More…

What Happens When You Die? he asked (Part 2)

‘If you really want an answer to your question of what happens after death,’ I said to Andy, ‘you’ll need to seriously explore the claim that Jesus of Nazareth was resurrected. If he did return to life, as the Christian faith says, then there’s at least one case in history of a person proving death is not the end.’ More…

What Happens When You Die? he asked (Part 1)

‘I want to know what happens when you die,’ the shop assistant told me. ‘I’d like to believe that we live on after death but I can’t prove it. And by the time I find out it will be too late.’ This impromptu discussion about life, death and heaven got me thinking about the real-life stories of hospice worker Trudy Harris. It seems many a soul has had a glimpse of heaven before departing this earth. More…