What Comes Next? Two Different Heavens

If you’re a Christian and you die before Jesus returns, you will experience two different Heavens. Why is that? Because there is a difference between the Heaven we go to when we die and the Heaven we experience when Jesus returns to Earth to make all things new.

My Deceased Son is Not the Wind

We often go to extremes to comfort ourselves while walking past the very things that will comfort us. 

One of the most shocking and unsettling things we experience in this life is losing a loved one. It hurts. To go from having someone in your life that you see and spend time with to them suddenly not being there is disorienting.

Regaining Our First Love

Christians who lack a hunger for God are spiritually unhealthy. 

I'm not suggesting that every season of our lives will go "up and to the right" on the bar graph. Seasons of drought are inevitable.

What To Do About Your Death

tanding on the grassy spot where others will one day dig a hole and bury me was sobering. 

Katrina and I met the funeral director and a family member at the graveyard where we planned to bury our son in a few days. Kaleb died a few days prior, and we were finalizing his arrangements.

The Power and Problem of Love

I finally found the crack in Matt's defenses when I raised the subject of love. He was a hardened atheist. We were friends and conversations about faith and philosophy were not uncommon. Calling him smart is an understatement. Science and math were fun to him.

Wrestling With Questions God Doesn’t Answer

"We'll find each other," I told Katrina. We were picking out burial plots for our family. Nobody leaps with excitement about that conversation. 

We were deliberating whether to secure burial plots for three of us (Kaleb, Katrina, and me) or five (our daughters Kaleigh and Kyra included) of us. We never pondered that question a week before.

5 Insights From My December Sabbatical

The first day of my sabbatical was the last day of my son's life.

Writing that sentence is still strange. I struggle to believe it's true. But it is. I created my sabbatical plans months in advance. But my plan did not match God's plan.

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