Book Review

Preaching at Funerals

by Nick Watson

Grove Books have published an update of a guide to preaching at funerals, first published in 2001.  Nick Watson notes the rise, in recent years, of funerals being led by people other than Christian ministers, some people believing that such funerals are cold and impersonal. He sees it as a challenge to dispel that impression and, although the pastoral care and liturgy that surrounds it is important he believes preaching is a key part of that process.  The book is subtitled ‘How to embed the gospel in funeral ministry’ and central to this is the sharing of the Christian hope.  He advises ministers against encouraging mistaken ideas about the afterlife, saying that ‘the majority … simply have no idea that God’s judgement is a reality and that it is only through Jesus that we can hope with confidence for heaven’.   He discusses various readings that might be suitable, and various ways of using the Common Worship service making it a good handbook for this ministry 

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Grove Books £3.95 pbk

9781788270977

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