Tag Archives: Heaven / Eternal Life

Upgrading Eden

Preface I recently facilitated a theology class at my church focused on the goodness of God entitled A God in Whom to Take Refuge. I’ve read and written quite a bit on this topic over the last couple of years, … Continue reading

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A Clear Context for Suffering

We avoid pain because… We have cultivated unhealthy perspectives God commonly uses pain and suffering in people’s lives to get their attention and to grow  them up into spiritual maturity. Nonetheless, most people work very hard to avoid pain. Why is … Continue reading

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The day Penitens died

Penitens was a busy, notable tradesman, and very prosperous in his dealings, but died in the thirty-fifth year of his age. A little before his death, when the doctors had given him over, some of his neighbors came one evening to see him, … Continue reading

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God’s Goodness vs Refining Fire

How can a “good” God directly cause suffering? (Question 4 of 8 in the Goodness of God series) The world is full of pain and suffering, but not all pain and suffering is the same. We’ve already talked about the fact that some of the … Continue reading

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Sunday School Answers

I serve twice a month at my church in what would traditionally be called “Sunday School” (we call it “HarvestKids“). Typically, I teach 3rd grade. I love it. Children are amazing. They are so simple and trusting and full of life (and … Continue reading

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The Weight of Glory

If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For … Continue reading

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What Simeon and Anna Teach Us About Hope

“We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever.” (Hebrews … Continue reading

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