For all the skepticism that abounds in our time, people still want to know what happens after death. Do you know with any certainty where your conscious, thinking, self–aware, communicative self will be? And does it matter, as long as you are in ’heaven’? But the importance of ’heaven’ does not consist only in it being the alternative to ’hell’. It is not just an abstract future state into which we will slip, it is a physical reality which can give us joy and hope even now as we look toward it. Our guest will examine how the Christian can and should think about heaven.
What is the key to actually enjoying God? Christians talk a lot about having a relationship with God – but what exactly does it mean to have a relationship with someone we cannot see? Today, we will discover not only what it means to have a relationship with the living God – Father, Son and Spirit – but also how it can be infused with genuine joy.
Derek W.H. Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology and also serves as Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina. He previously served as the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson), the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta). He is also a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries and Dean of their D.Min. Program. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wales, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson), and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wales (Lampeter). He was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, and served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before moving to the United States. He has published more than twenty books and contributed to many others.
Tim Chester is a senior faculty member of Crosslands Training and the author of over 50 books on a wide variety of subjects but with a common concern to make the link between theology and practice. His books have been translated into over 25 languages. He has a PhD in theology, a PgDip in history, and more than 25 years of experience in pastoral ministry.