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Anticipating the New Heavens and the New Earth to come at TGC15

Anticipating the New Heavens and the New Earth to come at TGC15

Nanci and I recently returned from The Gospel Coalition’s 2015 National Conference in Orlando. We had a wonderful time at the conference, where we joined 6,000 others from all over the world to focus on Jesus and the New Heavens and New Earth. 

What’s the Difference between the Present Heaven and the Future Heaven?

What’s the Difference between the Present Heaven and the Future Heaven?

Life in the present Heaven (which theologians call the “intermediate” Heaven) is “better by far” than living here on Earth under the curse (Phil. 1:23). But it’s not our final destination.

C . S. Lewis, The Romantic Rationalist, and Longing for the New Earth

C . S. Lewis, The Romantic Rationalist, and Longing for the New Earth

In Mere Christianity Lewis lamented that we haven’t been trained to want Heaven: "…when the real want for Heaven is present in us, we do not recognize it."

You May Yet Discover Your Favorite Food on the New Earth

You May Yet Discover Your Favorite Food on the New Earth

As yet, you may not have tasted your favorite meal—and if you have, it didn’t taste as good as it will there. 

Why You Can Live Free from the Burden of YOLO, “You Only Live Once”

Why You Can Live Free from the Burden of YOLO, “You Only Live Once”

The expression YOLO, “you only live once," rightly recognizes you will die, but assumes that you will never live again after you die. The Good News is radically different.

In Heaven, Can There Be Thrills without Risk?

In Heaven, Can There Be Thrills without Risk?

A sincere young man told me that no matter what I might say, Heaven must be boring. Why? “Because you can’t appreciate good without bad, light without darkness, or safety without danger. If Heaven is safe, if there’s no risk, it has to be boring.”

 
The Eternal Empire of the Son of Man

The Eternal Empire of the Son of Man

Earth is unique. It’s the one planet—perhaps among billions—where God chose to act out the unfolding drama of redemption and reveal the wonders of His grace. 

Anticipating the Joy of Seeing God

Anticipating the Joy of Seeing God

Ancient theologians spoke of the “Beatific Vision,” which meant “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God Himself.

Will Extinct Animals Live on the New Earth?

Will Extinct Animals Live on the New Earth?

Someone wrote to me, “My children are hoping extinct animals will be in Heaven, maybe even dinosaurs.” 

This Christmas, Let’s Rejoice in the Far Reaches of Christ’s Redemptive Work

This Christmas, Let’s Rejoice in the Far Reaches of Christ’s Redemptive Work

My favorite Christmas song is “Joy to the World,” because as my wife Nanci pointed out to me years ago, it’s the Christmas song that looks forward to Christ’s return and the New Earth.

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