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Fresh Funeral Sermons

An interview with author Scott Gibson

PreachingToday.com: Tell us a story of a memorable occasion related to a funeral sermon.

Scott Gibson: Perhaps the most challenging I've had of recent days was my own uncle's funeral. My uncle was not a Christian, and most of my family members are not Christians. For most pastors that's one of the most challenging sermons to deal with.

I decided I wanted to bring the hope of the gospel to my family but also to personalize it in a way that reflected who my uncle was as a person. So I looked at the passage in Matthew 10:29-31 where Jesus said:

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

I wanted to communicate to them through my uncle's career as a hairstylist that God is also interested in hair, and he's interested in us to the extent that he knows the very hairs on our head. And if he knows the very hairs on our head, he ...

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