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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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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

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.

    Death's Broken Power

    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.

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    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

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    • 30 min
    The Great Health Transition and the Life of Faith

    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

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    • 31 min
    Not Yet Resurrection: Cancer, Trauma, and the Christian Story

    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

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    • 30 min
    The Human Body, "The Incarnate Thing"

    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

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    • 31 min
    Mortality Is Not Morbidity

    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

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    • 32 min
    Poor Scripts and the True Story of the Triune God

    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.

    • 30 min

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The Believer’s comfort in facing death

I binged on this entire show today and was not disappointed. As a 30-something in my prime with homeschooling my children, working, running ministries at church, exercising, eating healthy, housekeeping and a million other things on my plate, contemplating my own death doesn’t factor in very often. It was very refreshing to be drawn out of myself for a bit and be challenged to consider what it means to die as a Christian believer. Rev. Billings does an wonderful job hosting this podcast, asking good questions, and maintaining an air of humility and also hope as he confronts uncomfortable issues surrounding death and suffering. If I could make one critique, I think it would be that the gospel is often assumed on this podcast but rarely stated or really fleshed out in relation to the topics being discussed. Similarly, I would like to see more of an emphasis on the person and work of Christ and how our union with Him is absolutely central to everything we believe about Christian suffering and death (the first episode was spot on in this regard, and it left me hungry for more in the other episodes).

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