Remember Death by Matthew McCullough, Free for CAPC Members

Christ and Pop Culture | 11/29/2018 | Rachel Reon
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Matthew McCullough’s Remember Death is graciously available free to Christ and Pop Culture members until November 29, 2018, through our partnership with Crossway.

About two weeks ago, a member of my family died. Although his health had been failing for years, and we knew his time was limited, many of us still expressed surprise that he had died now. At home, on a Wednesday morning. Not in the hospital or during a procedure, despite how countless those had become. Death was simultaneously inevitable and unpredictable, expected and disorienting.

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Matthew McCullough’s new book, Remember Death, explores how becoming reacquainted with the reality of numbered days can be a spiritual discipline that also enables us to become more acutely aware of the works and promises of Christ. As a spiritual practice, remembering death finds its origins in the Christian reflective tradition of memento mori. In becoming intimately conscious of death—both its certainty and its effects—we live more joyful, true, and hopeful lives because Christ’s promises also become just as imminent and certain.

Matthew McCullough suggests that death awareness allows us to find joy in the problems of this world.

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Remember Death argues that as lifespans have become longer through scientific advances, we have collectively become more distanced from death; as a result, many of us can spend most of our lives without recognizing death as a problem. Despite our disconnection from death, McCullough argues that its shadow shows up in our daily lives: ”It shows up in our insecurities about who we are and why we matter. It shows up in our dissatisfaction about the things we believe should make us happy. And it shows up in our pain over the loss of every good thing that doesn’t last long enough” (20). Ignoring death doesn’t eliminate its power from our lives. Rather, death’s other, more trivial...
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