Why Haven’t We Found Heaven Up There Yet?

The final scene in Luke’s Gospel is the blessing and departure of Jesus.  The ascension, celebrated this year on Sunday, June 1, concludes his earthly ministry. His disciples seem ready to proclaim the astounding news of his resurrection, having confirmed that...

Heaven Starts Here, Not Some Point in the Future

I had the privilege of sitting in on our youth Bible study one recent Sunday night. The topic was “decisions” and our associate pastor, Felicia Fox, was doing an awesome job of managing the chaos of 10 preteen and teenage boys. After asking one of the...

The Sermon I Don’t Want To Preach

A sermon delivered by Howard Batson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Amarillo, Tx., on August 7, 2011.  Luke 16:19-31 He is a master communicator, and I have no doubt teaches and writes with the best of intentions. I sense within him a great love for all humankind and a...

More Questions, Fewer Answers, on the Afterlife

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) For millennia, people have been trying to imagine what happens after death. Is there an afterlife, a heaven? Who gets in? And what happens to those who don’t? Books trying to provide answers to these age-old questions continue to be...