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"Heaven Is for Real," "90 Minutes in Heaven," and other books about visits to Heaven or Hell

Heaven Is For RealIn the past few months, I have been repeatedly asked about the phenomenally popular book Heaven Is for Real. This book was again number 1 on the May 8 New York Times bestseller’s list. It has already sold something like four million copies, and it’s not slowing down.

Truthfully, I didn’t want to say anything about this book. But after being asked about it again and again on Facebook and in emails and at a conference, I’ve decided I need to say something.

My Mom’s Impact as a Sunday School Teacher

Lucille AlcornRecently, my friend Kathi Hedin sent me a letter, telling me about how her daughters having my mom as a Sunday school teacher when they were young inspired Kathi to begin teaching Sunday school herself. This was special to me, as I have such wonderful memories of encouraging my mom to say yes to an invitation to teach for the first time.

John Piper on Osama bin Laden’s death: Is God happy or not?

Osama bin LadenI rarely just repost what someone else has written, but in this case I think Piper says it so well it’s pointless for me to take a shot at it. (I also recommend checking out Andy Naselli's blog post "Don Carson on Osama bin Laden.")

Here's Piper:

God’s emotions are complex—like yours, only a million times more. Right now, your emotions about bin Laden are not simple, i.e. not single.

Emotions: Part of Being Created in God’s Image

LaughterIn Scripture, God is said to enjoy, love, laugh, take delight, and rejoice, as well as be angry, happy, jealous, and glad. Rather than viewing these actions and descriptors as mere anthropomorphisms, we should consider that our emotions are derived from God’s.

Animals Praising God, and Some Fun Pictures

DogThroughout Scripture we read that animals praise God. Psalm 148 commands all of creation to praise the Lord, including the animals.

Advocating for the Unborn: A Very Small Sacrifice

Randy asked me to write a blog about my experiences at Oregon’s largest abortion provider. Once a month, for the past year or so, some friends and I have stood outside Lovejoy Surgicenter praying, holding signs, and seeking to offer alternatives to men and women who choose to abort their babies. 

Video Take-off on Rob Bell

Here's a creative and biblical take-off, thought for thought, on the famous Rob Bell video that launched his book Love Wins.

Insights from a Precious Disabled Child of God

Creator's handsThen the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD?” Exodus 4;11, NLT

When I posted about abortion in the daily thoughts I share on my Facebook page, a young woman named Cass stepped in to say some things. Others expressed their appreciation for her insights as a disabled child of God, and so did I. 

  • Wed, Apr 20, 2011

Isaac Watts Speaks 266 years ago about the Rob Bell Hell Controversy

Time MagazineI was recently rereading portions I had marked in a wonderful book written by the Puritan Isaac Watts (1674–1748). He was best known for his hundreds of great hymns, including Nanci's and my all-time favorite Christmas song, "Joy to the World." Watts was not only a hymn-writer, but also a theologian and a pastor.

Samuel Davies on Christ's Greatest Joy

Samuel DaviesI appreciated this thought from Samuel Davies, an evangelical pastor and educator from the 1700's, especially as we seek to remember and celebrate Christ's death and resurrection in the coming days. 

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