A sad choice for last words

I haven’t read Billy Graham’s latest book — advertised as the last one we can expect from the aged evangelist. By all reports, such as this one from the Religion News Service, it puts a lot of emphasis on hell as a literal, fiery place of everlasting...

To Hell and Back

A sermon delivered by David Hughes, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Winston-Salem, Nc., on February 26, 2012. Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:17-22 The phrase “to hell and back” has been used many times for many reasons.   For example, some might say this phrase captures how...

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...

Two-thirds of Americans Say Bin Laden’s in Hell

(RNS) While Americans have debated whether Osama bin Laden’s body belongs at the bottom of the Arabian Sea, most agree on the final destination of his soul: in hell. A new poll released Wednesday (May 11) reports that most Americans (82 percent) believe bin Laden...