Today is the Day

The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth about Life to Come is now available for purchase and shipping at your local bookstore and on the internet’s bookstores, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In this book I offer a grounding of our hope in two major themes in the Bible: (1) God’s promise to make [Read More…]

So Heavenly Minded, No Earthly Good

We perhaps all know the Type, the person who is so heavenly minded they are no earthly good. They don’t seem to care about injustice, they don’t seem to be bothered by tragedies, they are not moved by sex trafficking or AIDS or homelessness or … by anything but their own spiritual life, that of [Read More…]

Some Questions about Heaven

Heaven, what used to be the primary motivator for many to become a Christian or be faithful of a Christian, has fallen on hard times. I discuss each of these questions (below) in my new book, The Heaven Promise. I wonder what you think about heaven? But I’m not asking about just your theory. Instead, I want [Read More…]

Top Ten Questions about Heaven

What are the most important questions about heaven you have faced? Here are the top ten questions about heaven that I discuss in my new book, The Heaven Promise. Ten Questions about Heaven 1              What about Near Death Experiences? 2              What about Rewards in Heaven? 3              Who Will Be in Heaven? 4              Is God Fair? 5              [Read More…]


Kris and I had a special day yesterday — The Heaven Promise author copies arrived at the door! I have been working on “heaven” for a number of years, and recorded thoughts from the days of Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others onwards. [Read more…]

Repainting Hell: Jeff Cook’s Closure

Jeff Cook teaches philosophy at the University of Northern Colorado. He is the author of Everything New: Reimagining Heaven and Hell(Subversive 2012), and a pastor of Atlas Church in Greeley, Colorado. You can connect with him at and @jeffvcook. One thing I admire about Jeff Cook is his willingness to put his thinking on the line for others to debate, [Read More…]

Does God’s Mercy Endure Forever, or Does it End?

Rob Bell asked the question if God’s mercy would endure forever so that people would have opportunities to turn to God in the afterlife (postmortem opportunity = PO) or if that mercy would end at death. Bell’s answer was a deft move in rhetoric: love wins, he said. Dante’s famous Divine Comedy disagrees for in it we [Read More…]

Is Heaven Vital for Morality or Not?

You may well recall the famous scene in Les Miserables in which Jean Valjean comes clean in public to take the place of another who was in fact on trial instead of himself (Valjean). The scene poses the moral theory called altruism, that is, that one does what is good for others in a disinterested manner. It [Read More…]

Is “No Tears in Heaven” Desirable?

Here’s how he sums up the problem: Let’s face it, the Christian notion that heaven will wipe away all tears is a staggering thought. If heaven is real, no doubt there are many rapists, murderers, and terrorists who will be there along with their victims. Is this idealistic nonsense? Is it a moral absurdity? Or [Read More…]

A Big One about the Afterlife

Any one who has counseled the grieving — as a parent, as a sibling, as a child, as a pastor, as a friend, as a neighbor — anyone, in other words, who has done so has been asked this question: Will I recognize my loved ones? Will they recognize me? Will we know one another? [Read More…]