Month: January 2015
new heaven and earth
I recommend J. Richard Middleton’s new book, A New Heaven and a New Earth, which is an encyclopedic resource on this topic. Middleton explains biblically and theologically why our final end is down here rather than up there, and makes this provocative statement that I happen to agree with. “Therefore, for reasons exegetical, theological, and…
the comedy of bestiality
I don’t want to say much about this because it’s so perverse, but the latest sign that our culture has lost its sexual mind comes from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (January 9, 2015). I will provide a link to the video for the sake of documentation, though I would recommend you not watch…
in the middle
The January 26 issue of Time magazine contains an interesting article, “A Change of Heart: Inside the Evangelical War Over Gay Marriage” (p. 44-48). The essay often cites Russell Moore for the conservative side, including this gem. It’s still early, but this just might be the quote of the year. When asked whether evangelical views…
I just received a special discount code for my friends who may want to attend The Gospel Coalition’s national conference on the new heaven and new earth this April. Enter the code, SPEAKERFRIEND, and you can save $40 off the regular registration fee. The registration price increases on Feb 1, so the combination of using…
The header of this blog is a storm cloud over the Sea of Galilee. I shot it a couple weeks ago from Mount Arbel, where Jesus may have climbed when he went to pray. Like everyone else, I was surprised by the small size of the Sea of Galilee. It’s the size of one of…
What’s Up With Heaven?
I wrote a post today for The Gospel Coalition. You can leave comments here, there, or on Facebook. If this topic interests you, you can learn more at TGC’s national conference in April or by reading Becoming Worldly Saints.
Alex Malarkey, the boy who wrote “The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven,” came clean this week and said his book is full of malarkey. It never happened. He said he just wanted attention, which is not unusual for a six-year-old boy. Here are five thoughts. 1. Give credit to the boy for owning this.…
can your MDiv do this?
I have spent the last nine interesting days with a few of our students in Israel. The trip is a requirement for all of our MDiv students, and with the aid of a generous donor, is essentially free (students pay only for the two credits they earn for the trip and related assignments). Our trip…