Category Archives: Heaven

Alexander Campbell Sounds a Lot Like N.T. Wright on the New Heavens, New Earth and Resurrection Body

This quote is from Alexander Campbell’s book “The Christian System” published in 1839,

“The Bible begins with the generations of the heavens and the earth; but the Christian revelations ends with the regenerations or new creation of the heavens and the earth. This the ancient promise of God confirmed to us by the Christian Apostles. The present elements are to be changed by fire. The old or antediluvian earth was purified by water; but the present earth is reserved for fire, with all the works of man that are upon it. It shall be converted into a lake of liquid fire. But the dead in Christ will have been regenerated in body, before the old earth is regenerated by fire. The bodies of the saints will be as homogenous with the new earth and heavens as their present bodies are with the present heavens and earth. God recreates, regenerates, but annihilates nothing; and, therefore, the present earth is not to be annihilated. The best description we can give of this regeneration is in the words of the one who had a vision of it on the island of Patmos. He describes it as far as it is connected with the New Jerusalem, which is to stand upon the new earth, under the canopy of the new heaven…” p, 303

This is helpful information for those of you who might want to delve into this view in your local congregation to let people know…these aren’t all new ideas but actually very ancient ideas that have been explored at various points in church history only recently done by N.T. Wright but previously done by many who have gone before us.

Finally Read Surprised by Hope by N.T. Wright

I finally got around to reading Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright on the trip to Bakersfield this weekend. The book could have been called “Surprised by What the Bible Actually Says About Heaven and Resurrection and What That Has to do with the MissionContinue Reading

Disney World and Longing for Heaven

As a parent of a two year old and a four year old, I can’t exactly say that everything about the last few days we spent at Disney reminded me of heaven. The heat, aggravated people, and cost of it all might just call to mind another place quite opposite of heaven. But in allContinue Reading

The Joy of Kids

Yesterday Jonah told me he wanted to be a pirate. He brought his red cape to me and asked if I would tie it around his head. He then made a makeshift sword and started saying “Arrrrr…” Then Elijah got in on the act. He put on a Santa Claus hat and told me heContinue Reading

Verses on Heaven: What We Will and Won’t Do There as Well as What Heaven is Like

What is heaven? Heaven is God’s dwelling place (Deut 26:15) Home of angels (Gen 28:12, Rev 4 & 5) Home of the deceased righteous (2 Kings 2:1, Rev 6:9-11) Ultimately the place of all the redeemed – 1 Thess 5:10, John 14:1-4  What will we do in heaven? Recognize people – Luke 9:30 (recognizing theContinue Reading

Heaven: I Have Questions…

I am teaching a class on heaven right now and thought I would share a bit along the way. When I just sit and let my mind think about heaven there are a lot of thoughts that come to mind. Just like with any place I have never been, when I hear mention of it,Continue Reading

Lesson on Heaven by A Two Year Old

Jonah is one of the greatest theologians I know. I am talking about my two year old, not the prophet in the Old Testament. This morning I was getting him dressed to attend Bible class and the worship assembly (my attempt to stop calling that hour on Sunday “church”) and he asked if he wasContinue Reading

Tim Challies’ Review of Rob Bell’s Book “Love Wins”

Thanks to Terry for pointing out Tim Challies recent review of Rob Bell’s new book. I have a lot of respect for Tim Challies but even if I didn’t, he quotes Bell’s book in numerous places in his review and Bell says some very troubling things. Tim is not one to take things out ofContinue Reading

Storing Up Lasting Treasure – Luke 12:32-34

“32“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34For where yourContinue Reading

Romans 8:1-17 – Life in Step with the Spirit

21 of 35 instances of the word “spirit” in Romans occur in chapter 8. Some have taught that the Holy Spirit is not active today. There are two extremes that have caused a rejection of the Spirit’s operating in the life of the believer today. The first extreme are those who have made a bigContinue Reading

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