a coming kingdom

Many believers today want to help their unchristian friends make a decision to follow Jesus Christ. But, how do they do that? They will be tempted to just say the same thing that someone said to them. But what if they were led to Christ by the wrong method? Sure, their faith is genuine, and […]

How Conditional Immortality Succeeds (Part 1)

(Companion article series to presentation at CIANZ Conference 2016 entitled – How Conditional Immortality Succeeds) The shape of global Christianity is changing. For decades, its longstanding influence upon Western culture has been in sharp decline, and now we have entered the so-called “post-Christian” era. Christianity used to be part of the cultural furniture. Non-Christians understood […]

Hell No! | Part 2 – Paul and Hell

[An extract from the latest book “Hell No!” by Michael Bieleski] { Hell No! (Part 1 – Introduction) click here } Paul used to be called Saul and he lived around the time of Jesus Christ. He was an enthusiastic Pharisee, who along with the Sadducees, formed the ruling Sanhedrin of the time. They were zealous for […]

rescuing the text

In a previous article, I examined all the instances of the Hebrew words shamayim and erets in Genesis one. I found that these words are translated variously in the different popular English versions, and their renderings almost invariably reflect a cosmology that is not at all implicit in the text itself.  I concluded that we […]

Q & A: resurrection chronology

          In a recent devotional posted on my devotions blog, I shared thoughts based on 1 Corinthians 15:23-25. Here is the content of that post: ———————————————————————- 1 Corinthians 15:23-25 1Co 15:23 But each crop will be harvested in its own order: Christ, the first harvest, then the ones to be harvested […]

Hell No! | Part 1 – Introduction

[An extract from the latest book “Hell No!” by Michael Bieleski] { Hell No! (Part 2 – Paul and Hell) click here } It would be hard to imagine a world where Hell does not invade everyday thinking in one form or another. Popular culture and mass media have worked together to paint a picture that varies according […]

From Death to Life Issue 69

The latest issue of our magazine, From Death to Life Issue 69 June 2016 is available online now. You can read it below or by downloading the full pdf linked: From Death to Life Issue 69 June 2016 [gview file=”http://www.afterlife.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/FDTL.69.June-2016-website.pdf”]                     Related posts: From Death to Life Issue […]

sky and land

In his book Genesis for Ordinary People, Paul Poulton looks at the biblical phrase “heavens and earth” with a somewhat different perspective. He says that “the modern mind usually thinks of the globe when we say ‘the earth’ but to the people in those days that image wasn’t there. They saw the landscape of where […]

q & a: the devil hurled out

Nick is meeting with us at Takanini Community Church in Auckland every week, and together we are watching the “Long Story Short” video series which introduces the story of the Bible. Last Friday, Nick texted me this question: “Is there anywhere in the Bible where the devil is hurled out of heaven by God(?)” Some […]

q&a: the ascension of Christ

Gary, from Bloomington, Illinois asks this question: When Jesus said to Mary, “I have not yet ascended to the Father,” doesn’t that mean he couldn’t have gone to paradise when he died? Why don’t more commentators deal with this? In my 2013 article “debugging Luke 23:43” I suggest a different translation of Jesus’ promise to […]