“She’s in a better place.”
Statements like this tend to pop up at funerals and in Facebook comment threads memorializing a lost loved one. But do people really mean what they’re saying? Is cultural commentary on life after death merely an attempt at comforting the bereaved or a statement of belief?
Enter Skye Jethani, co-host of The Holy Post Podcast and author whose newest title asks the question What If Jesus Was Serious about Heaven? During his conversation with Russell Moore, Jethani talks about views on heaven, including whether it’s a real place or a mere platitude. He and Moore discuss the human desire for judgments and rewards, theories on near-death experiences, and when eternal life actually begins. They consider biblical passages on life and death, miracles, and setting our minds on heavenly things. And they ask one another what it looks like to commune with God and when they feel closest to heaven.
Tune in for a thoughtful conversation on how earthly lives interact with heavenly futures and what it looks like to live according to the reality of eternity.
Resources mentioned in this episode include:
- What If Jesus Was Serious about Heaven?: A Visual Guide to Experiencing God’s Kingdom Among Us by Skye Jethani
- The Holy Post Podcast
- “Training for Reigning” series by Dallas Willard
- A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly
- “Morning Prayer” from The Book of Common Prayer
- Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World by Tom Holland
- Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot
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“The Russell Moore Show” is a production of Christianity Today
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Host: Russell Moore
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