July 5, 2020
1 King 17:17-24 The Widow Zarephath’s son
2 Kings 4:18-37 Shunammite son
Luke 7:11-17 Widow’s son
Luke 8:49-56 Jairus’ daughter
Acts 9:36-42 Peter - Tabitha
Acts: 20:1-12 Eutychus
2 Kings 13:20-21 Israelite with bones of Elisha
John 11:1-44 Lazarus
Matt. 27:50-54 zombies
Luke 14, Luke 20 (clues)
Matt. 22, Mark 12 (parable)
Matt. 28:1-20; Mark 16:1-20; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-21:25 (Christ’s Return)
1 Corinthians 15 (Hosea 13:14)
June 17, 2020
Death by Suicide
Why is "committed suicide" wrong or hurtful?
Biblical examples from internet:
Abimelech, mortally wounded by a millstone, ordered his armor-bearer to dispatch him to avoid the suggestion he had been slain by the woman who had thrown the stone (Judg 9:52-54); the prophet Ahithophel hanged himself after betraying David (2Sam 17:23); Zimri burned down his house around himself after military defeat (1Kgs 16:18); and the more familiar stories of Saul and his armor-bearer (1Sam 1:1-6; 1Chr 10:1-6), Samson, (Judg 16:28), and, of course, Jesus’ disciple Judas—although it is only in Matthew’s Gospel where he kills himself (Matt 27:3-5; compare with Acts 1:18). There is nothing in any of these stories to suggest that the biblical narrators disapprove of the characters’ suicides.
Fascinating line from the Supreme Court--which although not for tomorrow's conversation, but which I have seen walked very carefully very recently--provides:
"The prohibition on assisted suicide is not arbitrary under the due process standard," but concurring Justice Souter "also support[s] the distinction between assistance to suicide, which is banned, and practices such as termination of artificial life support and death-hastening pain medication, which are permitted." Vacco v. Quill, 521 U.S. 793, 809–10 (1997).
May 5, 2020
Jim & Abby examine the prohibitions on killing another. From Cain and Abel where all they had was the knowledge of good & evil, to the Ten Commandments which prohibit either murder or killing. Next they struggle with reconciling such prohibitions with the long list of offenses punishable by death and the instruction for total war.
March 28, 2020
While observing social distancing, Abby and Jim consider examples of laments for the dead and preparing dead bodies found in Scripture at Genesis 50 (Jacob and Joseph); 2 Sam 1 (Saul and Jonathon); John 11 (Lazarus); and John 29-30 (Jesus). They also recount their personal experiences with the Church and funeral rituals, including sharing their views on some specific modern burial rites.