Tag: damnation

Comb-overs, rationality, and eternal decisions

Posted on 05/03/14 46 Comments

Men who are follicly challenged deal with their plight in different ways. Some shave their heads. Others wear hats. And still others engage in the lamentable practice of the comb-over. You know what I’m talking about: the practice of growing a portion of hair extra long in a vain attempt to comb it over and mask […]

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Still more evangelistic tracts so bad that they’re good

Posted on 11/07/13 20 Comments

This past Saturday a knock came on my door. I opened the door to two slightly nervous young men. One of them immediately took the lead, introducing himself as the representative of a new Baptist church just starting up in the area. He then held out a tract for me to take. I glanced down. […]

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If Malala had died, would she have gone to hell?

Posted on 10/10/13 8 Comments

It has been one year since Taliban boarded a school bus in the Swat Valley and shot then fifteen year old Malala Yousafzai in the head. Her crime, as the world now knows, was daring to stand up to the Taliban in defense of education for all children and a plea to end the cycles […]

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Do atheists receive a ‘get out of hell free’ card because they don’t believe in God?

Posted on 04/13/13 30 Comments

In a recent conversation with Adam Hazzard I wrote: “The Christian doctrine of hell is the doctrine that some people culpably and knowingly choose not to be in relationship with God.” To be sure, hell is not only that, but it is at least that. It is most emphatically not the claim that God tricks […]

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A hell of one’s own making

Posted on 03/24/13 18 Comments

I will never forget the day in kindergarten when we baked gingerbread cookies. Each child got to decorate his or her own cookie with candies and sparkles. Then we placed them in the oven and waited. Soon after the teacher removed them from the oven and left them on the cooling tray. I waited eagerly […]

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Does God trick people into hell? Lessons from Jack Chick

Posted on 04/20/12 48 Comments

When I was growing up I used to search the large tract rack in our church’s foyer. The rack had hundreds of tracts stuffed together in a haphazard mess. The goal of the search? The coveted Chick tract. Jack Chick was (and is?) a mysterious, reclusive individual who reportedly lived (lives?) in Southern California and spent […]

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The joy of hell

Posted on 01/06/12 84 Comments

In an earlier thread (“Singing the Praises of the Imprecatory Psalms”) I said to David Houston: “by your logic the unimaginable torment of those in hell is a cause for delight. And many Christians from Tertullian to John Piper have agreed with you.” David was happy to find himself in this venerable tradition. And so […]

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“He said he would prefer to go to Hell…”

Posted on 08/28/11 8 Comments

Here’s another golden oldie. This little number shot to the top of the charts in the summer of 09′. Now back digitally remastered and better than ever, here is “He said he would prefer to go to Hell…” *** Belief and disbelief are often more complicated than we would like to admit. Consequently, drawing a […]

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Hell we go again

Posted on 07/29/11 40 Comments

Linda responds to my Calvinist critique as follows: “No matter how you slice it, the Bible is clear that many will go to Hell.  Is not the real problem is [sic] that many go to Hell, yet God could of made it where all go to Heaven?” Not according to the traditional Arminian free will response. On […]

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Must Hitler burn forever?

Posted on 06/09/11 22 Comments

In case you’ve been thinking about hell a lot lately, or even if you haven’t, have I got a rather sobering treat for you. Today I am making available for you free of charge a thirty-three page chapter I wrote on the doctrine of hell for a book manuscript called The Crazy Things We Believe. […]

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