Jonathan Edwards believed in the horrors of hell--that it is a place of eternal fiery torment and punishment, with no hope of relief, for all those who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. But Edwards also believed in the beautiful mercy that Jesus gives to all who would come to him: And now you have … Continue reading Edwards: Christ has thrown the door of mercy wide open
These verses (from the Gospel of Matthew alone) show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Jesus preached an eternal, conscious, fiery torment awaits those who do not receive and believe in Jesus as the only way to God.Throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. … Continue reading A Few More Verses on Hell
John Shore has been writing a little bit about hell lately. He has written a response (reaction?) to a promo video by Francis Chan about his new book Erasing Hell. Hmmm, a quick, public response to a promo-video about a book about hell. Sound familiar? (Funny how people criticize others for doing the same thing, … Continue reading John Shore: You Can’t Know If Hell is Real
One of my favorite moments in the Gospels is from John 11 when Jesus is about to raise Lazarus from the dead. Martha had just told Jesus that if he would have been around, Lazarus wouldn't have died. Jesus says to Martha, "Your brother will rise again," and she replies, "I know that he will … Continue reading Do you hope in the resurrection?
Sorry for my absence lately. Things have been busy around here! Check out this interview of Rob Bell by Martin Bashir on MSNBC. I don't know if Bashir is a Christian, but he lays it on thick--and good. I've really never seen Bell so uncomfortable before. Ever.
Simply searching for and reading all the material that has been written about this in the past week about Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins, could be a full-time job. Unfortunately, the pay would be awful. I didn't get paid to read all of this, but still enjoyed it thoroughly. For your enjoyment … Continue reading More Links on Rob Bell
If you follow blogs and Twitter (and you probably do since you are on this blog), then you are probably not unaware of what is going on with Rob Bell. If you are unaware, then you either 1) fasted Twitter the past week or 2) are in denial of what your tweeting eyes see. Full … Continue reading The Rob Bell Saga
When I was younger and heard or read, "God is a strong tower," my mind immediately went to an image like the one above. What you are looking at is your run-of-the-mill state park viewing tower. It's actually not very strong. It's not very powerful. It can't actually protect you. And it's not very threatening, … Continue reading God is a Strong Tower
At the end of January, I posted some of my thoughts on hell. There I argued that hell is not the separation from the presence of God. I wrote that hell is the "separation of people from the majestic, glorious presence of the Lord." To help flesh this out, I think Wayne Grudem's thoughts from his … Continue reading Wayne Grudem on God’s Presence in Hell
In the previous post, I posted on a sermon from my church. As I'm blogging through my church's sermons, I should make a note that I don't necessarily agree with everything that the speaker says. In this week's sermon, there were a few things that I took issue with. I have no doubt that preacher … Continue reading Some of My Thoughts About Hell