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Aging from the Perspective of the Cross This study guide by Robert B. Kruschwitz uses Luke 9:21-25 and 2 Corinthians 1:3-7, 4:10 to reflect on the difficulty of aging and giving a Biblical context to one's personal value. Resource type: Study Guide Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Robert B. Kruschwitz Aging with Hope and Wonder Terry Thomas Primer's article about aging uses the story of Abraham and Sarah having their son Isaac at an advanced age to reflect on the hope and purpose God can inspire in later stages of life. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Terry Thomas Primer Aging Together in Grace Churches can offer a countercultural message about the gifts of older adults and walk with them through the challenges of aging. Joan Huyser-Honig shares three things that churches can do to make this countercultural shift. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Joan Huyser-Honig Aging from the Perspective of the Cross In his article about aging, Stephen Sapp confronts the cultural and human issues surrounding growing old and while providing a Biblical perspective on suffering, discipleship, and human value. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Stephen Sapp On Aging and Sanctification A post that celebrates a very counter-cultural idea: aging is beautiful and sanctifying. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: James Schaap Honoring the Aging in a Congregation Zachariah Ellis' article offers worship planning resources for inviting the participation of the elderly in the congregation in light of research showing an increasing aging population . Suggested verses include Psalm 71,and Exodus 20:12. Resource type: Practical How-To Source: Fuller Plpit Author: Zachariah Ellis God's Call in Later Life In her article about aging, Beth Jackson-Jordan examines the issues that older adults face in transitioning to this new stage of life and advocates for old age to be seen as a spiritual calling. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Beth Jackson-Jordan New future for an aging congregation A dwindling congregation in Dallas shares its space with four international congregations and a health clinic as a way of ensuring that its legacy lives on after its members are gone. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Growing Young Amidst many shrinking and aging churches in the United States, some churches are growing and reaching young people. This article explains why this is the case and describes churches that are "growing young." Resource type: Article Source: Fuller Studio Author: Kara E. Powell Quotations on Aging Quotations about aging, useful for sermon illustrations, reflections, etc. Includes quotes from Kathleen Fischer, Jimmy Carter, St. Jerome and Walter Brueggemann. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: Kathleen Fischer How Aging Became a "Disease"—and a Huge Business An illustration by Matt Woodley describing the story of how aging became a "disease," appropriate for Proverbs 16:31, Psalm 71:9, and 1 John 2:15-17. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Mathew Woodley Full Text Hymns on Aging It is stage by stage to the golden agePD
Rock of ages, cleft for mePD
O God, Our Help in Ages PastPD
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Aging People Zechariah, Elizabeth, Simeon, and Anna: In a sudden swirl of events, God gathers these aging people into the drama of salvation. Resource type: Article Source: The Christian Century Author: Thomas G. Long Aging Well: The Role of Perception An article by Christine A. Scheller reporting on the work of Dr. Dan Blazer, who describes the way self-perception--in this instance, regarding health--can become predictive and actually affect health. Connects to Proverbs 23:7 and Philippians 4:8. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Christine A. Scheller Saints Surround Us We need a better theology of aging. Brandon Haan urges us not to forget our fellow human beings--our parents and grandparents, our fellow Christians--but continue to learn from those our society has devalued. Resource type: Article Source: Perspectives Journal Author: Brandon Haan “. . .to the great God, nothing is little. . .” James Schaap reflects on the largeness, beauty, and glory of the little things made more evident in aging, and how Mother Theresa once said, "To the great God, nothing is little". Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: James Schaap Accentuate the Positive This is the first of an alphabetical look at strategies for successful aging. One of the ways to age well is focus on the things we can still do, rather than on negatives in our lives. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Barbara Bruce Ethical dynamics for the aging The ethical implications of caring for the aging who are ailing must be addressed in a manner consistent with the compassion and grace we see demonstrated by Jesus in the gospel. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Western Theological Seminary Author: Elton M. Eenigenburg Worship Service (Aging) Since aging is a profound part of being human, this order of worship uses the hymn, "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" to help worshipers realize God’s timelessness and to trust in his eternal love.... Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: The Christian Reflection Project Author: David M. Bridges Reaching Older Adults: Are Seminaries Equipping Pastors to Minister to Seniors? In this article, Missy Buchanan invites us to wonder if our ministry wouldn’t be more effective if ministers had a better understanding of aging and late-life transitions, especially in a culture that values the young. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Missy Buchanan
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