Nicholasville, KY (Vocus) August 11, 2010
The doctrine of heaven counts as one of the most fascinating themes of Christian theology. For centuries humans have tried to determine whether their souls can and do survive after death. Okello writes on the assumption that heaven is a real place in which believers in Christ’s saving grace will find themselves. In Heaven, the author shows how the reality of the doctrine of heaven functions as a satisfactory solution to the issue of suffering.
Presented in simple and straightforward language, Heaven provides a thorough presentation of heaven as a place of greatness, of eternal beauty, of eternal healing, of holiness, of answered questions and of abundant life in order to help parishioners through their struggles with tragedy and somehow find meaning in suffering.
Okello argues that it is the hope of heaven that enables humans to live meaningful lives on earth. It is because of this hope that we aim and strive to improve the quality of our lives as well as those of others. It is because of this hope that we must preach the gospel both in word and deed. Heaven, Okello says, is a place no one should miss.
About the Author
Joseph B. Onyango Okello is the author of The Case for Miracles: A Defense of God’s Action in the World and Revisiting God: A Commonsense Approach to Theism. He earned a bachelor of theology degree from Scott Theological College; a master’s of divinity degree and a master’s of arts in church music degree, both from Asbury Theological Seminary. He also has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Kentucky. He is a visiting assistant professor of philosophy at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. In addition to his teaching duties, Okello is also the pastor of Jimtown United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky. He and his wife, Sophie, live in Nicholasville, Ky.
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