I’m beginning a study on heaven that will serve as a five-part Sunday School series at my church.  The general outline so far is this:

Class 1: An Introduction to Heaven and Its Place on Earth (With Apologies to Belinda Carlisle!)
Class 2: The Temple: Gateway to God
Class 3: New Covenant and New Temple
Class 4: The Resurrection of the Body
Class 5: Heavenly Questions and Earthly Answers

I will be interacting with the popular works by N T Wright and Randy Alcorn (surprisingly good!) on this topic, as well as C S Lewis’s The Great Divorce. I’ve also got some great stuff by Bruce Chilton, Jacob Nuesnar, Margaret Barker, Gregory Beale, Jon Levenson, and Crispin Fletcher-Louis that I plan on including.  I’m excited about it.

Audio should be up on the church’s website a few days after each Sunday, and I will post links and maybe outlines to go along with them.

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About Steven Wedgeworth

Steven Wedgeworth is the associate pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, British Columbia. He writes about theology, history, and political theory, and he has taught Jr. High and High School. He is the founder and general editor of The Calvinist International, an online journal of Christian Humanism and political theology, and a Director for the Davenant Institute.

9 thoughts on “Heaven

  1. #2 looks pretty good. I am touching on that tomorrow. I am relying on Beale.

  2. The word around town is that Beale will be a WTS prof in the not-too-distant future (he’s applied for the NT position and gave a special lecture here a few weeks back as part of the process).

    I haven’t read much by him (outisde selections of his Rev. commentary). What’s your take on him?

  3. f.y.i- Cornelius Venema (taught at Mid-America) –The Promise of the Future (Banner of Truth)– he has a short section at the end that looks at the new heavens and earth. He interacts w/ many of the Dutch Reformed guys in the footnotes.

  4. Jonathan,

    I like Beale, though he’s definitely the “evangelical version” of the temple theology scholars. He does his part as an intro, and he translates things into evangelical-speak, though I find him less willing to go all the way with certain ideas. He’s definitely a worthy read, though.

    I would think he’d be very good for WTS. But is he presby? I didn’t think he was. Truman might eat him.

  5. “Truman might eat him.”


    Actually, he is Congregationalist (ordained in the CCCC), which is problematic, since the WTS faculty pledge includes a statement about Presby polity.

    One of two things will have to happen: 1. Beale comes on and either converts to Presby or at least pledges his agreement with the polity of Presbyterian churches. 2. The Board revises the pledge. I’m banking on the former, as the latter would be utter PR suicide after recent happenings.

    At any rate, Trueman and Beale are buddies. From what I’ve been hearing from reliable sources, and the fact that Beale has applied and come here to lecture and meet with the faculty, I’d be pretty surprised if it doesn’t happen. He’s already scheduled to teach a winter course on the NT use of the OT.

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