Thursday, April 20 at 7:00pm in Mulder Chapel

A sudden, surprising death. The death of a young person. A funeral for someone with only distant connections to faith and the church. How can pastors and congregations at large respond in light of Christian hope? What does it mean to grieve, but not as those who have “no hope” (1 Thess. 4:13)? In what ways can difficult funerals be a witness to the risen Christ, and resurrection hope in him? The panel and discussion event will explore pressing questions like these that arise when human frailty meets the heart of the Christian faith: hope in God based upon the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This panel is part of Dr. J. Todd Billings’s $25,000 grant from the Louisville Institute to research “Congregational Life and the Dying: Renewing Resurrection Hope in a Medical Age.”


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Rev. Jonathan Elgersma, Senior Pastor, Faith Church, Zeeland, MI



Rev. Denise Kingdom-Grier, Lead Pastor, Maple Avenue Ministries, Holland, MI



Rev. David Blauw, Chaplain at Holland Hospital



Moderator: Dr. J. Todd Billings