Hell No! | Part 4 – Paul and Hell

[An extract from the latest book “Hell No!” by Michael Bieleski] { Hell No! (Part 3 – Paul and Hell) click here } There was no evidence in Paul’s teaching that suggested that he believed that man naturally survived death as a disembodied entity that waits for the resurrection. Such an idea would have contradicted his own teaching […]

Are there degrees of hell?

Even among those who believe in conditional immortality, some say the New Testament teaches that there will be degrees of suffering in hell throughout eternity. In the traditional vision of hell as a torture chamber of fire and sulphur, you could think of some people being roasted at 500 degrees Celsius, while others are merely blistering […]

PARABLE PRESENTS TWO PUZZLES

First published on gracEmail 21st August 2016. A preacher spoke about Jesus’s parable of the sower (Matt. 13). Jay had two questions, which he asked his mother Marti. Marti was emailing my mother and casually mentioned Jay’s questions to her. Mom was writing to my wife Sara Faye and, by the way, asked her to […]

the Lamb has arrived

A survey of John the Baptist’s gospel message from the synoptic Gospels shows a mixed emphasis on both eschatology and soteriology: God’s kingdom is coming down from the sky soon. The world is not ready for that kingdom, so people must make it ready. People need to repent of their sins to make the world ready […]

How Conditional Immortality Succeeds

Peter Grice of Rethinking Hell gives a survey of major biblical themes and their connection to conditional immortality. Once this doctrine is revealed as a foundational theme in its own right, bringing significant clarity and unity to the Christian message, the presentation will move into a discussion of its relative success and critical importance at […]

Abraham’s Refusal

Is the story of the rich man and Lazarus found in Luke 16 an eyewitness account of Hades? Many think so. But in reality, as vivid and disturbing as the details of the rich man’s torments are, none of the characters in the story were permitted a leave of absence so they could tell the […]

The sky God is supreme

In modern Hebrew, if you want to express the idea of planet earth as a substantive, you would say kadoor ha-arets. If you wanted to convey the idea of earth as ground, you would use karka`, not erets alone. If you use erets alone, your meaning is land: land in general, or land in the […]

Hell No! | Part 3 – Paul and Hell

[An extract from the latest book “Hell No!” by Michael Bieleski] { Hell No! (Part 2 – Paul and Hell) click here } { Hell No! (Part 4 – Paul and Hell) click here } To clarify these issues and explain Paul’s teaching, it is necessary to consider what happens to those who are promised everlasting life. To have […]

How my father taught me to forgive | Republished from gracEmail® by Edward Fudge

First published on gracEmail 19th June 2016 Today is Father’s Day in the United States, and since neither the biological offspring (the child) nor the generating parent (the father) chooses the other, a positive father-child relationship is the product of both divine grace and human effort. I had a good but imperfect father by the […]

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 […]