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When I Grow Up

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This from Andrew Wilson. Whenever I teach on eschatology, someone asks me about sex. I get fairly passionate about the new creation, and do my best to paint it in vivid colours and present something of the joy and wonder we will experience when we get there. But someone—usually, in my experience, a young man—will always ask whether,…

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What does it mean to be good?

One of my favourite TV shows of 2018 was The Good Place – a very funny show that asks a very important question: what does it mean to be good? Nathanael Smith summarizes the first season plot: The premise of episode one is a juicy one: Eleanor Shellstrop has died. She’s ended up in The Good Place, a version of heaven that each religion “got about 5% right”. It’s a perfectly engineered afterlife designed by the angelic Michael (Ted Danson) for the very best people in the world – if you’ve lived…

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Relationships & Scripture: A story of comfort & conflict

The issue of sexuality and the church continues to occupy much space, especially in the UK just now, you would be forgiven for thinking that the all the church cares about is marriage and is busy excluding people from it. Yet the New Testament offers both a disconcerting mix of comfort and conflict with regards human relationships whether straight or gay, married or single. There is it seems no entirely comfortable place to rest. Instead the scriptures prod you in your weaknesses and challenge you in your strengths. Here are…

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Not proof of heaven

You may have read recently of the latest account of a near-death experience. It is the latest in the long line of accounts from small boys going to heaven and others having visions of heaven or hell. These stories are all offered as proof of life after death. Frankly, I couldn’t care less. These tales have been phenomenally popular often topping best-seller lists and that at least is proof of something. Proof, perhaps, that despite the decline in commitment to creeds or church there are many people not yet willing to…

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Jobs you won't be doing in heaven

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I started thinking about inequality but, as I often do, I wandered and stumbled into something new. Those who trust in Christ will, I believe, inhabit the new heavens and earth (more specifically the new earth) and that new earth will be full of good things for us to do and that includes work. I don’t think we’ll be bored in these new lands, there will be lots to do and it will be deeply satisfying. Rewarding, creative, fulfilling – work as…

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Jobs you won’t be doing in heaven

I’ve been thinking about this for a while. I started thinking about inequality but, as I often do, I wandered and stumbled into something new. Those who trust in Christ will, I believe, inhabit the new heavens and earth (more specifically the new earth) and that new earth will be full of good things for us to do and that includes work. I don’t think we’ll be bored in these new lands, there will be lots to do and it will be deeply satisfying. Rewarding, creative, fulfilling – work as…

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Is Gandhi in heaven?

A few weeks ago I posted on whether Gandhi is in hell but the reverse question is also interesting. On what grounds would we have confidence to say that Gandhi is in heaven? Greg Koukl addresses this question in his book Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions. Koukl deals with people’s ideas of good and bad (which is the basis most people have for heaven or hell). “When I was in India, Christian apologist Prakesh Yesudian told me of a conversation he had with a Hindu about…

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Book Review: The Great Divorce

So after Love Wins the next book I picked up was CS Lewis’ The Great Divorce. Why because Bell cites him as a source, because it seems that their views are very similar. Quite a few people have noticed this so there’s been a little rush to defend Lewis’ honour. In a panel discussion at The Gospel Coalition Tim Keller is asked, “There is one thread that says Bell is saying the same thing as C. S. Lewis. How do you respond?” To which Keller answers, Lewis was rebelling against…

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