Another handheld HDR view of Westminster Abbey. For those interested in the coronations that have taken place here:
Since the coronations in 1066 of both King Harold and William the Conqueror, all English and British monarchs (except Edward V and Edward VIII, who did not have coronations) have been crowned in the Abbey. Henry III, was unable to be crowned in London when he first came to the throne because Prince Louis of France had taken control of the city) and so was crowned in Gloucester Cathedral, but this coronation was deemed by the Pope to be improper, and a further coronation was held in the Abbey on 17 May 1220. Lady Jane Grey, whose reign lasted just nine days, and was of doubtful legality was also never crowned. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the traditional cleric in the coronation ceremony. King Edward’s Chair (or St Edward’s Chair), the throne on which British sovereigns are seated at the moment of coronation, is housed within the Abbey; from 1296 to 1996 the chair also housed the Stone of Scone upon which the kings of Scotland are crowned, but pending another coronation the Stone is now kept in Scotland.
The First Baptist Church of Jacksonville, Florida Choir under the direction of Rodney Brooks (now at FBC of Atlanta) singing a melody inlcuding “Heaven’s Jubilee”, “When we all get to Heaven” and “Everybody will be happy over there” on February 3rd 1998 at the annual Pastor’s Conference held at that church. I was in attendance for this service. Dr. WA Criswell would preach his last public sermon (at almost 90) during this service. See my videos for a video of that as well as other songs from this service.
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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Owning a specialty gift shop was always a dream of owner, Sue Catherman. In 1994 that dream became a reality when Catherman discovered an old church building for sale in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Having already decided on the name “Heaven’s Gate”, the old church was definitely a sign that it was meant to be.
Heaven’s Gate specializes in simplistic luxury. Says Catherman, “I believe life is more pleasant when surrounded by natural beauty.” You can always count on Heaven’s Gate to find a special gift for someone, or simply for yourself. Catherman takes great pride in finding the latest trends and featuring them in her store and on her web-site.
Heavensgatehomeandgarden.com offers exquisite product lines such as Jes MaHarry jewelry, renowned artist from the Sundance Catalog, Company C rugs and bedding, Bunnies by the Bay baby goods, Guy Wolff pots, Bed Head pajamas, PositiviTee t-shirts, Patricia Green slippers, Artwork by Kolene Spicher, The Thymes Bath & Body, Mary Frances Handbags, Art Thang t-shirts, At-Choo jewelry, Pick-up Sticks jewelry, as well as many items handmade by Sue herself. The site offers in-home shopping convenience for the busy woman with a great sense of style.