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At graveside

Preaching scholar Thomas Long shares some thoughts on preaching funerals.

Book Reviews

Doing Asian American Theology  

"Naming the ways in which Asian Americans harm each other and render ourselves invisible when we adopt the values of the dominant culture captured the emotional taxation many Asian American church leaders endure ­— often without even realizing it."

Paul Found in His Letters

"Martin’s goal – a worthy one – is to help preachers understand the real Paul so they and their congregations can learn from him, rather than be distracted by words that don’t fairly represent Paul’s beliefs."

Stories of My Life

"(Paterson’s) stories are also steeped with the universal challenges and heartbreak of childhood: feelings of being misunderstood, unlovable, lost, as well as the wonder and joy of absorbing life as it unfurls."

Outlook Features

No wisdom in Sheol: A theology of death

Christianity has too often been a death-denying religion. Christian theology moves quickly beyond death to a life after (or an afterlife). The funeral service is titled “Witness to the Resurrection,” avoiding even the word “death.”

Faithfully dying

“Your courageous planning and preparation are gifts,” writes Vern Farnum, “to those who will grieve your departure from this realm.”

Exploring the green burial

Outlook editor Teri Ott explores burials that are kinder to the environment: No vault, no embalming, but sometimes, there are ducks.

Discussion guide

Discussion guide for February 2023 issue

In each issue of the Outlook, we include a discussion guide to further reflect on the issue. We recommend using this guide in your Bible study, small group or book club. It's our invitation into a faithful conversation.


A “positive death movement”

We live in a death-denying culture, and Christian theology can add to this denial by over-emphasizing eternal life. This issue explores our thinking, beliefs, hopes, fears and rituals around death so we can lean more faithfully into life.

Insights columns

Living theology

Joining the dance

Cynthia Rigby writes about perichoresis or "mutual indwelling." This term is usually used in theological circles to reference the relationship of the Trinity, but can it also reference how we belong to one another?

Outlook Horizons Studies

Podcast Review