This is post 3 of 3 in the series “Karl Barth's Doctrine of Providence” For my last (rather delayed) post on Karl Barth’s doctrine of providence according to Darren Kennedy, I want to briefly address the way that heaven and, interestingly, the angels function in the whole structure. According to Kennedy, heaven and the angels are actually quite important to … Continue reading "Karl Barth on Providence and Heaven"
The title pretty well says it all. I just want to address a couple popular misconceptions about heaven. At least a couple of these are going to be half-truths, so keep an eye out for those. But that aside, here’s some myths about heaven, and the truth about them. We’ll spend eternity there. Depending on what you … Continue reading "5 Myths about Heaven"
[This is a sermon I preached a week ago. Like my previous sermon, it is a long read.] The Mismatch I want to start out this morning with a few really simple and straightforward questions. No gimmick or trick; I’m just looking for totally natural answers. What do you smell with? Your nose. What do … Continue reading "Heaven, Resurrection, and New Creation: Our Destiny in Christ"
In my previous post Heaven Is a Myth. Sort Of. I began the question of what the Bible really teaches about heaven. I suggested that most popular ideas of heaven are myths, though I did not specify exactly what is mythical and what is real. Finally, I listed the three Biblical “places” people call “heaven.” … Continue reading "The Real Heavens of God’s Word"
“So now he’s saying heaven is a myth. What has gotten into Caleb’s brain today?” This is may be something like the reaction you had to the title of this post. And that’s probably justified. I’ve already pulled pretty well the same stunt with I Don’t Believe in Hell a while back. It’s just that heaven … Continue reading "Heaven Is a Myth. Kind Of."
The life of Jesus: Jesus was born of a virgin. He lived the perfectly obedient human life. He died an atoning death. He rose victoriously from the grave. The end. Okay, that’s not the whole story. There is a part I left out. Did you spot it? After He rose again, Jesus spent 40 days … Continue reading "Ascension Day: What Did Jesus Going to Heaven Do for Us?"
Off the top of my head I know my family has killed at least half a dozen dogs. Well, I say “killed,” but it’s really just that our land is cursed with the ability to drastically shorten any animal’s lifespan. Time would be too short to tell of the demise of Jax, Johnny Reb, Sadie, Rascal, and … Continue reading "Can Animals Go to Heaven? Fido’s Destiny"
If you read my previous controversial post on certainty and salvation, you now need to read Clark’s post on his own blog which responds with an opposing argument. Here’s the link explaining why you can be certain of your salvation: Re: Certainty of Salvation: the Rationalist Perspective | Investigationes pro Divinum Verum If you need … Continue reading "Clark Is Certain He is Going to Heaven"
“Are you 100% certain that if you were to die today you would go to heaven?” I cannot tell you how many times I have heard that line. I’ve heard it in sermons, witnessing studies, Ray Comfort videos, and real life situations. Only one problem. This is just a bad way to share the Gospel. … Continue reading "I’m Not 100% Certain I’m Going to Heaven (And That’s Okay)"
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:3,5 The Beatitudes. Most Christians know of them, and many know them by heart. So last night I had some people asking me last night about these two items in the … Continue reading "The Beatitudes: I Get Heaven, You Get Earth?"