The Bible leans more socialist than you think

Jun 5, 2019 by

When it comes to wealth, God clearly favors equality. I find it interesting how much attention the Bible gives to the issue of equity and justice with regard to how wealth is to be distributed. In the first...

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Choose your own journey

Dec 10, 2018 by

I find myself at the Nanjing Normal University track most mornings, when the urge to run somehow overrides my desire to continue sleeping. Or maybe it’s just the sounds of 6 a.m. construction outside my...

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Yes, I still want to see Heaven . . .

Dec 7, 2018 by

Each Sunday, at the close of his sermons, Pastor Blake would open the doors of the church. To the uninitiated, that did not mean that it was finally time to leave and go home to Sunday dinner. Rather, that was...

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A view of heaven and earth

Mar 17, 2017 by

When I was a kid, I remember envisioning heaven as I sang hymns and praise songs at church. I remember it being a very bright, light-flooded expanse of space with gold floors, in which a huge group of people...

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Setting your mind on things above

Jun 8, 2016 by

Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth — Colossians 3:2 (NRSV) “Set your mind minds on things above” sounds like something that should be so easy to do and fairly...

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Soul after death

May 23, 2016 by

Regarding “Christian Philosopher Mixes Theology, Science in AMBS Lectures” (April 25): What were the responses of the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary folks to the lecturer, Nancey Murphy?...

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Myth of many mansions

Apr 11, 2016 by

This passage from John 14 is one of the most beloved in Scripture, particularly in times of loss. It’s also one of those rare biblical passages that have become so deeply embedded in Christian imagination...

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Thoughts on heaven and hell

Mar 9, 2016 by

This past week I was invited to lead a book discussion on The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. In this book Lewis explores the afterlife and the possibility of heaven and hell. The book is a fable about a bus ride...

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Some questions about heaven

Sep 28, 2015 by

Heaven, what used to be the primary motivator for many to become a Christian, or be a faithful Christian, has fallen on hard times. I discuss each of these questions (below) in my book, The Heaven Promise. I...

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A foretaste of heaven in Harrisburg

Jul 27, 2015 by

Some 7,500 Mennonite and members of related Anabaptist groups met for the global assembly of Mennonite World Conference at the Farm Show Arena in Harrisburg, Pa., July 21-26. As a participant in the last two...

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Hope of heaven

Jan 20, 2014 by

The thought that life could be better is woven indelibly into our hearts, and our brains. — Paul Simon, “Train in the Distance” Since I was looking out an airplane window, en route to my childhood...

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