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Episode 311: Death and Dying, Part Two: Cremation and Organ Donation

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We are more than the set of molecules that make up our bodies at any given moment, right?  After all, our bodies are constantly trading out old dead cells and creating new ones, and yet we believe that there is a continuity to the "you-ness" of you and the "me-ness" of me.  Christians also classically believe that God created the universe out of chaotic nothingness in the beginning, and so resurrecting us from whatever corners of creation our bodies have been are scattered to should be no problem for God.  That would be true whether a person's body is lost at sea, fed to the lions in a Roman coliseum, burned in a tragic fire, cremated after death, or even partially donated in organs that others could use to live.  In this episode of our new series on Honesty and Hope About Death And Dying, pastors Erica, Sarah, and Steve look at how we think faithfully about questions of cremation, burial, and organ donation--and how we communicate our wishes with those closest to us right now.  As people who believe in God's promise to make us into new creations, we can both honor the worth and value of our bodies and also be open to using them in ways that could extend or help others' lives.  Listen in on this important conversation here.

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