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'Return to sender': Casket proclaims life journeyKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Retired Southern Baptist missionary Patricia Stooksbury wanted everyone to know her life's journey. She had it printed plainly on her pine shipping-crate-modeled casket.
"Return to Sender." "To: Heaven thru Jesus Christ." "This end up." "Fragile."
John Green, pastor of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tenn., described the casket as unique and unlike anything he'd ever seen. Read More
Boy who 'did not go to heaven' sues Tyndale for damagesWHEATON, Ill. (BP) -- Alex Malarkey, the boy who claimed in a bestselling book that he went to heaven while comatose from a car accident, is suing his publisher Tyndale House for damages including book profits from the since-retracted story.
The 2010 book "The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven" listed Malarkey as a coauthor with his father Steve, but Malarkey retracted the story in 2015. "I said I went to heaven because I thought it would get me attention. When I made the claims that I did, I had never read the Bible," he told Tyndale and book sellers at the time, which included LifeWay Christian Resources. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: Heavenly view changes earthly life
Scripture teaches that heaven is "richer than our four-dimensional space, more vibrant, more colorful," Jared Wilson writes, noting that a grasp of heaven's glory can change everyday life. Read More
FIRST-PERSON: The mentally disabled & heaven
KELLER, Texas (BP) -- Do the mentally disabled go to heaven when they die? Texas pastor Keith Sanders shares his thoughts -- and his reliance on God's mercy for his daughter. Read More
Church uses 'Heaven' DVD to bring in 'sheaves'FORT WAYNE, Ind. (BP) -- Each of the 4,200 homes in neighborhoods surrounding Waynedale Baptist Church is visited by a member of the congregation at least twice a year, an outreach dear to pastor Wayne Gullion.
This spring, the church is distributing a total of 4,000 copies of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's (BGEA) Heaven DVD door-to-door on alternating Saturdays through May 9, Gullion told Baptist Press. He likens the outreach in Fort Wayne, Ind., to the scriptural harvest of sheaves referenced in Psalm 126:6 (KJV). Read More
EASTER: Anticipating our eternal home
Author Randy Alcorn addresses common questions people often have about heaven. Among them: Will we have bodies in heaven? Will we know our loved ones? Read More
LifeWay pulls 'heaven visitation resources'NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."
LifeWay told Baptist Press about its decision to halt sales of heaven visitation resources today (March 24) in response to an inquiry about the book "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper, which is being made into a movie slated for release this fall. The book recounts Piper's supposed experience of heaven following a severe auto accident and has sold 6.5 million copies in 46 languages. Read More
Fabricated: 'I did not go to heaven'NASHVILLE (BP) -- LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to stop selling a discredited book about a 6-year-old's supposed vision of heaven is being cited as a reminder that followers of Jesus should rely on the Bible rather than subjective experience for their knowledge of the afterlife.
"Anytime you step away from the clear, revelatory, propositional statements of Scripture into your own experience, then you open yourself to every kind of weird existential idea out there," Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who believes books like Malarkey's are unbiblical, told Baptist Press. "We want people bound to truth, not to what they feel or what they think they saw or what they experience." Read More
Survey: heaven, hell & a bit of heresyNASHVILLE (BP) -- Most Americans believe in heaven, hell and a few old-fashioned heresies.
Those are among the findings of a new study of American views about Christian theology from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. Read More
New My Hope DVD "Heaven" to debut Nov. 7
BLOOMFIELD, Conn. (BP) -- Small churches in particular can benefit from the free evangelism outreach My Hope 2014 with Billy Graham, releasing the new DVD "Heaven" in advance of Graham's 96th birthday Nov. 7, said Southern Baptist church planter Terry Dorsett. Read More