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The End of the Christian Life

The End of the Christian Life

By Todd Billings
Happy. Healthy. Healed. Isn't that what the Christian life is all about? Join Dr. J. Todd Billings, author of the new book, The End of the Christian Life, as he interviews pastors, therapists, undertakers, and scholars to explore the surprising claim that embracing mortality frees to truly live.
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Death's Broken Power
What is the purpose of a Christian funeral? To help a family grieve? To celebrate a person's individuality? In this final episode, J. Todd Billings and Rev. Dr. Tom Long (Accompany Them with Singing, 2013) discuss historic and current trends in funerals and point to the sacramental realities of a Christian funeral. Recovering the funeral as a completion of baptism invites us to praise the God who conquers death in Jesus Christ. More about Thomas G. Long Did you enjoy this podcast? Would you like to hear more interviews like this? Please let us know by filling out this brief survey. The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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October 12, 2020
The Great Health Transition and the Life of Faith
In the year 1900, the average human lifespan in the West was 40 years. Today we expect to live 80 years or more. In this episode, J. Todd Billings and guest, Ephraim Radner (A Time to Keep, 2017), discuss how our perceived control over our mortality shapes our understanding of who God is and what we think it means to live a faithful life. Will the recognition that we are ‘like grass which fades and blows away’ (Is 40:6) lead us to despair? Or, like the biblical witness, can it reorder our values to claim, “But, the word of the Lord endures forever” (vs 8)? For more on Ephraim Radner, visit https://www.wycliffecollege.ca/users/ephraim-radner The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
31:52
October 4, 2020
Not Yet Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and the Christian Story
“When I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, I thought I’d die really quickly. Then I didn’t.” “Why am I sad when I get good medical news?” When Christians face bleak diagnoses, we tend to look for our place in the grand story of death to new life. At the same time, even if we have good news, we find ourselves living in the midst of continued pain and brokenness. In this episode, Dr. J. Todd Billings and Dr. Deanna Thompson (Glimpsing Resurrection, 2018) discuss the relationship between serious chronic illness and the psychological category of trauma. They look to places in the biblical narrative that make space for us to acknowledge our sense of being undone. Follow Deanna Thompson on her website: https://deannaathompson.com/ The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
30:41
September 27, 2020
The Human Body, "The Incarnate Thing"
We will all die. Our bodies will begin to decompose and smell, and, when that happens, they have to go somewhere — with all their heft and bulk and trouble. In this episode, J. Todd Billings joins undertaker and award winning writer and poet Thomas Lynch (The Undertaking, 2009) to discuss the earthy realities of death and dying. With raw honesty and poignant theological insight, Lynch points out that we are people deeply uncomfortable with the reality of death. He points us toward the hallmarks of a good funeral, one in which, by getting the dead where they need to go, the living get where they need to be. The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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September 21, 2020
Mortality Is Not Morbidity
“A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death better than the day of birth” (Ecc. 7:1). How might the book of Ecclesiastes help us better understand and speak about death? J. Todd Billings and Rev. Dr. David Gibson (Living Life Backward, 2017) wonder together how this book of Wisdom Literature might inspire hope, modesty, creatureliness, and, above all, joy. Follow David Gibson on Twitter: @davidngibbo The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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September 12, 2020
Poor Scripts and the True Story of the Triune God
Sometimes pain stays with us. Some hurts aren’t healed, and we wish the suffering would simply leave and quickly. Join J. Todd Billings and therapist and author KJ Ramsey (This Too Shall Last, 2020), as they explore prosperity gospels and the misleading scripts that tend to define our lives of faith. How might our unresolved pain invite us to experience the presence of the Triune God who meets us in the midst of our suffering? Follow KJ Ramsey on Twitter: @kjramseywrites The End of the Christian Life is available now with all book distributors. J. Todd Billings is the Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary. For more information, visit: https://jtoddbillings.com/ or find him on Twitter: @jtoddbillings This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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September 11, 2020