Religion News Service Columnist Jonathan Merritt discusses with New Testament Scholar Scot McKnight the facts and the fiction about Heaven. Although interest in the afterlife remains a popular topic, stories of near-death experiences have come under new skepticism and slowed in sales momentum. Merritt interviews McKnight about the his book The Heaven Promise and what the Bible actually has to say or doesn’t say about Heaven. Read the full story here.
Heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise!
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For far too long, we’ve talked about heaven as if it were a dream or someplace that only exists in fairytales. We want to believe it’s real, but with such an expanse of contradictory information, it’s difficult to know what to believe.
To add even more confusion, we are left to sift through the tales of individuals who have crossed over and returned. With so many competing narratives and accounts based on what many think are beyond-death experiences, wouldn’t it be nice to have a straight forward examination of what the Bible has to say about heaven?
Best-selling author and New Testament scholar Scot McKnight thought so too, which is why he wrote The Heaven Promise.
McKnight, who has penned more than 50 books, including The Jesus Creed, has had a fascination with heaven since he was a child. As a professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary, McKnight is no stranger to academic engagement and scholarly discourse. However; as an ordained deacon, McKnight is well accustomed with the concerns of the everyday thinker. The Heaven Promise represents the perfect blend of thoughtful research coupled with an easily digestible presentation.
“My hope,” McKnight shares, “is that people will be hopeful about heaven.”
The Heaven Promise offers an infusion of hope alongside a healthy anticipation of eternity.
After all, heaven isn’t just a dream; it’s a promise.
Mary C. Neal, MD, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller To Heaven and Back (WaterBrook Press), will be featured on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network in a new series called “In Deep Shift” which will air on Sunday, February 8 at Noon EST. Filmmaker Jonas Elrod hosts the 30-minute weekly program which features individuals whose lives have been transformed by an extraordinary event.
In To Heaven and Back, Neal, an orthopaedic surgeon in Jackson, Wyo., recounts the experience of her drowning during a kayaking accident in South America and her journey to heaven where she communicated with angels and ultimately returned to earth to share what she learned.
Neal has appeared on “Today,” “Fox and Friends,” “Hour of Power,” “Marie” and “Katie,” as well as dozens of radio programs and been featured in Guideposts and Christianity Today. Released in May 2012, To Heaven and Back spent 14 weeks ranked #1 on the New York Times “Advice, How To, Misc. Best-seller List” and has sold more than 750,000 copies.
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