the collector reflects on human mortality

In chapter nine of Ecclesiastes, Solomon continues to reflect on the issues which he had previously introduced, but then he throws the monkey wrench into the works by pointing out the ugly fact of human mortality.  Ecclesiastes 9 1 Because all this I gave to my heart, trying to figure it all out, how the […]

OUR FUTURE SELVES

Oh, to live forever! Do you ever long for that? It’s a grandiose wish, all right, and certainly not unqualified or without reservations. We would not want any pain, for example, should we somehow manage to live forever. Most of us have experienced pain here; we clearly have no appetite for any more. An unending […]

Vanity or Resurrection?

Recently, an evangelical pastor wrote an article on death after the loss of a loved one. It’s not important to identify this particular pastor, seeing as he didn’t say anything unusual. His article could just as easily have been written by any number of clergy from any number of denominations. Also, interacting oppositionally with a […]

resurrection makes sense

In this audio file, I explain why the promise of resurrection makes sense, because that is what we really need: not survival in a disembodied state.     Resurrection makes sense Conditionalists believe that death is a reality because everyone was in Adam when God warned Adam not to eat of the forbidden tree. That […]

sorry, Socrates!

In this audio file, I imagine going back in time, and setting Socrates straight about what happens at death.       Is Death better? sorry, Socrates! I wish I could travel back in time. I’d like to go back to the time of the Greek philosopher, Socrates. I would pretend to be one of […]

Not whisked off

Isaiah 35:1-10 1 Wasteland and dry land will be glad and desert will rejoice and blossom like the crocus. 2 It will blossom lavishly, and it will greatly rejoice with rejoicing and exulting. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of Yahveh, […]

Thrown away from your grave

Isaiah 14:16-21 16 Those who see you will gawk at you, they will gaze closely at you: ‘this is the man who made the land tremble, who caused kingdoms to shake, 17 who made a world like the desert and destroyed its cities, who would not let his prisoners return home?’ 18 All kings of […]

throwing away the old tent

Like we did so many times before, my wife and I packed up our cheap, five dollar tent in my expensive backpack, and headed out for a day of tramping and camping. Our favourite place to do this is the Appalachian Trail, over 3,500 kilometres of amazing wilderness, from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount […]

protective clothing | immortal body

Exodus 28:31-43 31 “You should make the robe worn with the ephod entirely of blue. 32 It should have an opening for the head in the middle of it, with a woven binding around the opening, like the opening in a garment, so that it may not tear. 33 On its hem you should make […]

discovered | “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).

  “… and they will reign with him for a thousand years…” (Rev. 20:6).  Tomorrow will be a day of discovery. We will discover what we are really made for. Our future work and identity as priests and kings will clarify our present experiences. An ancient Philosopher wrote that “God has made everything fit beautifully […]