From morning to evening.

Starting in the morning, I checked over funeral preparations – the building, the people, the program.  This was a tricky funeral in that the deceased and I disagreed (in a friendly but firm way) on some basic theological thoughts.

But we were friends.

Which means I desired to be a support to the family.  And to present comfort but not overlook where the contrasts in our thinking were significant.

In the end, I trust this was well received – that people heard what was said and, if they disagreed, that they did so out of belief and not anger.  That’s the sense I had as we fellowshipped following the service.  May God grant comfort and support to the Chandler family at this time.

john chandler - funeral - August 24, 2009