Everybody Dies. Lent Reminds Us of That.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

It seems the news lately has been full of death:  We've lost Hollywood idols like Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, '60s rock stars like Leslie Gore, politicians like Mario Cuomo.  "60 Minutes" host Bob Simon, and 21 Coptic martyrs. The New York Times' David Carr entered eternity on the same day as Ahmad Givens, star of VH1's "Real Chance of Love.".Every day, souls are propelled off this planet, separated from the twisted bodies which had been their flimsy wrapper for fifty, sixty, ninety y … [Read more...]

ALEX MALARKEY and COLTON BURPO: Both Claimed to Visit Heaven. Only One Story Was True.

Colton Burpo letter

Two little boys told about visiting heaven, and saw their stories catapult to #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.  One boy, Alex Malarkey, now says that his story was a lie, promulgated by his father for financial gain.  The other, Colton Burpo, stands by his story and says, "Jesus really, really loves you." *     *     *     *     * There's been quite a kerfuffle this week after Alex Malarkey, now 16, went public to claim that the story which was told in the best-selling The Boy Who Cam … [Read more...]

Will We Have “Work” to Do in Heaven?

When I was young, I had an esoteric view of heaven as a place where you sat around all day on a cloud, smiling and looking down at the earth below.  "Pretty boring," I thought.So I have a question for you:Will we have work to do in heaven?Oh, I know that heaven is a place of "eternal rest."  And for sure, there are some sorts of jobs we will leave behind.In heaven, we will not:groan when the alarm goes off at 6:20 a.m. dread the day ahead, when the boss will be crabby and t … [Read more...]