I have been thinking about Heaven. Please note that this strikes a nice balance with my last post which began, "I have been thinking about judgment." But the impetus for this post is not balance but enjoyment of good conversations with our recent house guests, Kevin and Amy Offner. Kevin is Inter-Varsity staff for faculty and grad students in the DC area and currently chairs Georgetown University's new Council for Protestant Ministries. I got to thinking there are few things I enjoy more than a really good theological conversation, having my ideas sharpened by another's perspective, being forced to clarify my own thinking, and coming away both satisfied and stimulated. And, on the principle that all earthly joys will be even better in the new creation, I began to contemplate the delightful prospect of conversations in eternity.
Just think: we will no longer be subject to the tedium of banal conversations, or the painful endurance of listening to somebody who goes around looking for a pair of captive ears into which to pour his life story--a story either self-congratulatory or inviting bottomless sympathy. All the delight of minds and personalities interacting, freed from the egos that dog us. I began to think of the people I'd love to talk to, like George Mueller--how did you find the faith to give thanks for the bread that wasn't there, surrounded by the faces of little hungry orphans? Don't the biographies we read make us wish we could really get to know Amy Carmichael or George Herbert or Jonathan Edwards? And we will be able to talk to our contemporaries without always being subject to our calendars and our duties.Read more