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Going to Heaven, Part II

Going to Heaven, Part II

The same professor who told me it is egocentric to want to go to heaven when you die (see Going to Heaven, Part I) proceeded to ask me where heaven is—not that he wanted to go, mind you. It’s not often a man asks for directions, so I opened up my “map” to help me reply. The thoughts below are adapted from my response.

Picturing Heaven

Sometimes, the Bible uses fixed terms for heaven (a place with “pillars”, “foundations”, “gates”, ...

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Going to Heaven, Part I

Going to Heaven, Part I

This came to me in a personal e-mail from a Stanford University professor:

    I view the focus on going to heaven as a selfish aspect of Christian faith that I refuse to embrace…l I’m not convinced that what matters MOST is going to heaven, not if that leads to hell on earth.

POW returning home

Is it selfish ...

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America’s First Lady!

America’s First Lady!

She was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to a riverboat engineer and his musician wife in 1898. She learned to love music and wanted to teach it. In 1918, a voice contest intercepted her and sent her on an amazing journey through Chicago, New York, and Hollywood.

Near the end of her journey, in 1985, Irene Marie Dunne (1898 – 1990) was awarded the highest possible honor bestowed upon a performing artist for her contributions to the arts and humanities: The ...

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Post Valentine’s Day Reflections

Post Valentine’s Day Reflections

CHOCOLATE LOVE:

With Valentine’s Day behind us, rose petals falling and the chocolate running out, let’s take a second look at how we use the word “love” these days.

To describe our feelings for a dog, a daughter, a dad, a deity, or the décor in our home, the word “love” often comes to mind. It doesn’t matter how deep our commitment is, we just love it! Even if something does not exist, we can still “love” it (or “her” as ...

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Real Hope and Change

Real Hope and Change

The contrast between Christianity and culture is clearly seen in the current debate regarding homosexuality. I am proud of Jesus’ church, his lovely bride, for the genuine respect I have seen her show to people struggling or living with homosexuality. This respect is rare and we see it contrasted with culture on two levels:

  • While our current culture dehumanizes homosexuals by saying they are biologically programmed and “born that way” (like animals) and have no real moral choice regarding sexuality, Christians ...
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KISSES ARE BIBLICAL

KISSES  ARE  BIBLICAL

I’m just reporting. Real life application is your department.

🙂 The ‘First Date’ Kiss (Jacob and Rachel): “Then Jacob kissed Rachel and began to weep aloud.” (Genesis 29:11). This occurred at their first encounter, apparently before they spoke but not before he performed a kind act of service for her. As soon as Rachel’s father found out about it, he (brace yourself) also hugged and kissed Jacob (see Genesis 29:13). It never quite worked this way for me.

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Out of the Closet!

Out of the Closet!

Does Jesus want us to flaunt our goodness in public?

No! He preached: “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them.” (Matthew 6:1). He specifically applied this warning to our giving, praying and fasting. When righteous deeds are done in secret, Jesus assures us that our heavenly Father sees and rewards all.

So, does Jesus not want goodness to come out into the open?
No! Let it ...

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Only Human

Only Human

“I am not an animal!” This was the exasperated cry of a severely deformed human being called The Elephant Man in a 1980 film of that name based on the life of Joseph Merrick (1862–1890). Merrick’s appearance made him a visual spectacle and a source of perverse entertainment. In one scene, his futile effort to escape a crowd of curious tormenters acting like animals ended with his hood pulled off and Merrick desperately affirming his human dignity (quoted above). ...

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I Wonder (Marriage Gone Wild)

I  Wonder (Marriage Gone Wild)

“LGBTQ” is a new category for a special set of human beings now. I wonder, should marriage or civil unions be redefined so that each consenting adult “bisexual” (the “B” in “LGBTQ”) is free to have a spouse from each gender? For each partner in a “bisexual marriage” or “civil union” to have a partner from each gender, the union would have to include four people. How “inclusive” are you? Or are so-called “bisexuals” second-class citizens in terms of marriage ...

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JUST WAR THEORY

JUST WAR THEORY

Theory and practice are hard to reconcile, especially in the realm of war. The phrase “just war” originated with St. Augustine of Hippo (354 – 430), an influential bishop in the fourth century church, in his work The City of God. He believed that war was always the result of sin. Yet, it might be necessary to wage a just war against the forces of evil. He saw God as more anti-evil than anti-war. Therefore, he sought to offer a ...

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