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Eschatology

What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

November 16, 2017 0 Comments
What Do We Mean by the Communion of Saints?

This is the eighth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Continuing our series on the Four Last Things, in today’s post we consider an aspect of Heaven called the Communion of Saints. I have discovered that it is frequently misunderstood. Many of you know that I […]

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What Is Eternal Life?

November 15, 2017 9 Comments
What Is Eternal Life?

This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. I often think that we haven’t done a very good job of setting forth the doctrine of eternal life. For most people, the concept seems a rather shallow one: that we will live forever. Frankly, many […]

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Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

November 14, 2017 0 Comments
Do You Desire Heaven? Really?

This is the sixth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. After some sobering reflection on death and judgment over the past several days, it’s finally time to talk about Heaven. Now that is a topic everyone wants to hear about! Yet there is a strange disconnect […]

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How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

November 13, 2017 0 Comments
How to Influence the Way the Lord Will Judge Us

This is the seventh in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. In the past several posts, we have been considering the judgment that awaits us. Not only must we be ready in the ways we have described, but should allow our looming judgment to help our attitude […]

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Preparing for Judgment

November 12, 2017 3 Comments
Preparing for Judgment

This is the sixth in a series on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. In the past two articles we have recalled the reality of the judgment that is upon us when we die and we have surveyed the parables in which Jesus urgently warns us of it. In this post we […]

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Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

November 9, 2017 1 Comment
Parables by Jesus on the Day of Judgment and on Our Need to be Ready

This is the fifth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Jesus was urgent in warning us to be ready for judgment. He did this in many ways, but most notably in the parables. In this post let’s ponder His teachings and hear His urgency. Most casual […]

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Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

November 8, 2017 1 Comment
Pondering Judgment, One of the Four Last Things

This is the fourth in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell. We turn our attention now to the judgment that awaits us all. Scripture speaks in the Book of Hebrews speaks rather plainly to this day for us all: It is appointed for us to die once, […]

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And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

November 7, 2017 3 Comments
And Death Is Gain: A Reflection on the Proper Christian Sense of Death

This is the third in a series of articles on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Yesterday we pondered the fear of death and some understandable reasons for it, but we also considered how a lack of lively faith can lead to a fear of death that is unchristian. As St. Paul […]

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