This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.
— T.S. Eliot, “Hollow Men”
Bathrooms? We’re talking about bathrooms?
I suspect this would be the the reaction of the Founding Fathers, were they to be transported to 2016 and be exposed to the average person’s social media timeline. After getting over the shock that Facebook and Twitter are the driving forces within our democratic process, they would, with a certain level of Allen Iverson-esque incredulity, shake their heads at the idea that the president of the Unites States is issuing decrees about which bathroom schoolchildren should be allowed to use.
They would probably be less shocked to learn that a wealthy East Coast mercantilist celebrity is contending to replace the sitting president who has been handing down said restroom directives.
The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth About Life to Come (WaterBrook Press, 2015)
Heaven has been a hot topic in recent years, with many accounts of individuals encountering heaven during near-death experiences. There’s also been a lot of confusion among evangelicals about the nature of heaven — what it will be like, who will be there, etc. McKnight does an excellent job in this book framing the idea of heaven as a promise from God, and the implications of that promise for all of us. This is a serious, but utterly hopeful, examination of the topic of heaven. Regardless of what you think you might know about heaven, I highly recommend this book.