This Incomplete One: Words Occasioned by the Death of a Young Person

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Michael D. Bush
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, May 3, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 169 pages
These premature deaths supremely test our faith.

This Incomplete One, edited by Michael D. Bush, features sixteen extraordinary sermons from preachers wrestling with the deaths of children and young adults. The preachers here include classic theologians -- Jonathan Edwards, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Karl Barth -- and select modern preachers. Two especially noteworthy features are a thoughtful foreword by Nicholas Wolterstorff, author of Lament for a Son, and the first English translation of the profound sermon preached by Karl Barth at the memorial service for his own son, Matthias.

In the midst of immense grief and suffering, This Incomplete One speaks forth words of quiet hope and comfort.

"Even if we cannot rejoice ourselves, we still hear an entirely different voice rejoice. . . . This voice speaks about the completion of even this incomplete one, about his completion as God's servant brought about through death. It speaks about peace and joy and life to the fullest."
-- Karl Barth

In this book:

M. Craig Barnes
Karl Barth
David L. Bartlett
Ronald P. Byars
John Claypool
William Sloane Coffin Jr.
Stephen T. Davis
J. Howard Edington
Jonathan Edwards
Laura Mendenhall
Jeffrey J. Newlin
Jack Roeda
Fleming Rutledge
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Philip Turner
James Van Tholen

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Page 29 - And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom!
Page 133 - Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Page 91 - These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee...
Page 64 - Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Page 60 - For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
Page 55 - I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Page 82 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ ; which is far better: nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

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