Life-expectancy worldwide is twice what it was a hundred years ago. And because of modern medicine, many of us don’t often see death up close. That makes it easy to live as if death is someone else’s problem. It isn’t.
On this episode of the Reasonable Theology podcast we sit down with Matthew McCullough, a pastor and author who recently published a book called Remember Death: The Surprising Path to Living Hope.
When we ignore our own mortality, we lose out on much of what Scripture has for us to learn. As McCullough states, “When the reality of death is far from our minds, the promises of Jesus often seem detached from our lives.”
In this episode we’ll discuss:
- The reason that death is, for many of us, like a foreign country
- Cultural changes that have occurred that allow us to ‘forget’ the reality of death
- The negative consequences of death becoming taboo
- What believers miss out on when they forget death
- The benefits of remembering our mortality (and why it’s much more than carpe diem)
- How our view of death impacts how we respond to the promises of Christ
- Practical (and non-morbid!) steps we can take to remember death
About Our Guest
Matthew McCullough is the pastor of Trinity Church in Nashville, TN where he lives with his wife and three sons. He received his PhD in American Religious history from Vanderbilt and is a regular contributor to blogs like the Gospel Coalition and 9Marks. His book, Remember Death, is available from Crossway.
- Pastor McCullough’s articles at 9Marks.org
- Pastor McCullough’s articles at the Gospel Coalition
- Geoffrey Gorer essay: The Pornography of Death (PDF)