November 25, 2015

Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation

Eschatology Week Part 5: Bringing Ultimate Harmony to Creation Previous Posts Part 1: The Christian Hope = Resurrection Part 2: Eschatology starts in our past Part 3: Jesus’ Future Presence Part 4: Setting the World Right I believe . . . He will come again to judge the living and the dead. • The Apostles’ Creed • […]

A Fight about the Finish

Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to today’s feature bout. We are excited to feature two young fighters at the top of their game. They come to the ring today to trade punches, each hoping to give hell to his opponent and to settle once and for all the significance of that biblical doctrine. In this corner, representing […]

A Description of Heaven and Hell?

The story of the rich man and Lazarus has long been a fire-and-brimstone preacher’s dream. The reality of the afterlife in black and white terms. The issue of salvation in sharp perspective. The urgent necessity of making a decision for Christ before death, when a “great chasm” will be fixed between the blessed and the […]

NT Wright on the Intermediate State

This morning, as a side note, I mentioned that Andrew Perriman does not find support in the New Testament for the “intermediate state” — a place of conscious existence between death and resurrection. As you might suppose, this is an ongoing topic of discussion for me in my work as a hospice chaplain. I find […]

Hell, You Say?

If we are going to understand what Jesus and the authors of the New Testament meant when they spoke about the wrath of God or judgment or Gehenna, we have to come at the matter with an entirely different frame of mind. We have to read historically and contextually rather than theologically and abstractly. We […]

Difficult Scripture – Why Did Jesus Stop Reading When He Did?

Over the past several Fridays we have been looking at extracts from Michael Spencer’s upcoming book, Reconsider Jesus – A Fresh Look at Jesus from the Gospel of Mark. In our extract a few weeks back Michael Spencer wrote: The good news is about God and what God is doing. It is not about me. […]

Visiting Heaven

[Sorry this is late today. As Chaplain Mike often says, sometime real life intrudes … ] This boasting will do no good, but I must go on. I will reluctantly tell about visions and revelations from the Lord.  I was caught up to the third heaven fourteen years ago. Whether I was in my body or out […]

My Last Post . . . Ever!

By Chaplain Mike After 6pm tomorrow night, I will either be “caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air” (1Thess 4:17), or so busy dealing with the aftermath of The Global Earthquake that will shake the world, that I will not have time for blogging. And since I have decided not […]

iMonk Classic: Evangelical Anxieties 5—The End of the World

Classic iMonk Post by Michael Spencer Originally posted Feb 12, 2007 From Chaplain Mike: In the midst of all the insanity about “the end times” that Christians have produced since the Rapture theory became predominant, Michael Spencer (as usual) uttered this word of sanctified Biblical realism and common sense. There’s not a lot that I […]

Another Look: The Advance Team Is Spreading the Word!

By Chaplain Mike Alert friend of IM Eric N. sent me a note saying that he had seen a bus stop ad for the Rapture. Apparently, Jesus has sent his advance team out to spread the word. Back in March, we reported the convoluted prognostications of Harold Camping, who is behind this ad campaign. Since […]