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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 us to truly live.

KJ Ramsey: 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?

David Gibson: 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.

Thomas Lynch: 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 earthy 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.

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