Rethinking the Afterlife (7)

We conclude our lesson rethinking the afterlife with this — if it is true that the texts on which we built our afterlife narrative were not what we thought they were — shall we keep the afterlife as part of the Christian narrative? Yes, we conclude, but not the same story. Not the story we […]

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Rethinking the Afterlife (6)

If, as we have suggested, the texts we Christians have cited to construct our afterlife story — were not written about the end of time . . . Shall we abandon the idea of the afterlife altogether? Perhaps not. Have a listen, Doug  

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Rethinking the Afterlife (5)

Have you ever heard Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats? If you have, there’s a good chance you thought it was a parable about the afterlife – the final judgment before we all go on to eternity. It might surprise you that that’s not what Jesus would have been saying when he told […]

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Rethinking the Afterlife (4)

As we have been discussing, the Greco-Roman world view has influenced our thinking on the afterlife to separate the here and now from the here-after. It also made the afterlife a much more prominent part of our story than it ever was before. The message of Jesus regarding the afterlife actually is more about being […]

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Rethinking the Afterlife (3)

We pick up from our lesson before Easter, building a foundation for rethinking the Christian story of the afterlife. How we imagine what happens after we die, has a great deal to do with how we live. If Christians are, in general, not behaving well these days (pretty indisputable), it behooves us to turn over […]

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Rethinking the Afterlife (2)

The story we Christians tell about the afterlife is deeply rooted in our psyches — so deeply in fact, that very few of us every think about it critically. However, it is certainly problematic, and may not be as “Christian” as we think it is. Have a listen, Doug    

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Rethinking the Afterlife (1)

The Christian narrative most traditional church folks learned growing up is pretty heavily weighted toward the afterlife. We look today, at Jesus’ central focus, the Kingdom of God. What we learn is that the afterlife was at best a footnote to the central Christian narrative. This requires some rethinking. Have a listen, Doug  

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