April 19, 2014

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 […]

Open Mic: What Are You Hearing about Hell?

By Chaplain Mike Yesterday’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man raised some of the usual questions about the afterlife, the judgment, heaven and hell, and the eternal destinies of humans. Today, over at Jesus Creed Scot McKnight is hosting some discussion the subject and I thought we might do the same. At this […]