The Good Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages | Part 1

Jürgen-Burkhard Klautke, PhD

Since the first half of the 17th century, scholars have debated “euthanasia” as a voluntary termination of life with the goal of avoiding useless suffering. However, the term “euthanasia” was not always related to what today would be called “physician-assisted suicide.” In fact, Francis Bacon became the first writer to use it in such a way.[i] The goal of the present three-part essay is to reclaim the forgotten Christian meaning of euthanasia and to apply it to our present time. While the first two parts represent historical surveys of the concept of the “good death,” the last part will provide a discussion of how such ancient wisdom may be applied today.

Ministry to Trauma Victims: Lessons from the Prophet Joel Part 2

Marina H. Hofman, PhD

In the first part of this reflection into how Joel responds to trauma, we have seen seemingly innocent people experiencing a national crisis. We have also seen a prophetic encouragement to return to God in the midst of trauma. In this second part, we consider the implications of this biblical model for us today.

Ministry to Trauma Victims: Lessons from the Prophet Joel, Part I

Marina H. Hofman, PhD

Ministry in the context of trauma can be a challenge. Having survived a devastating traumatic event myself, and having a profession that requires me to respond to students who face trauma every semester, the question of how to respond to situations when it seems there is nothing suitable to say is always before me.

Although sometimes trauma occurs as the consequence of unwise decisions, many traumatic situations impact people who are seemingly innocent. This is also the case with the prophet Joel who ministers during a time of a locust plague that has created a nation-wide crisis. As John Barton observes with regard to Joel’s message:

5 Questions: Bioethical Education Beyond the Need for Response

Keith W. Plummer, PhD

Q: How would you describe your role in Christian education? What role do issues in medicine and technology play in your teaching?

A: I’m a member of Cairn University’s School of Divinity where I mainly teach college students. The courses I teach most are apologetics (which all students have to take regardless of their major) and hermeneutics. I also teach a grad class on pastoral counseling. I periodically teach a course on theology and technology in which we explore what technology is and try to situate it and its effects in the biblical/theological framework of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation.