Heaven and Hell

Though caring deeply about heaven and hell may seem passé in our 'approved' culture, our "Touched By An Angel" popular culture is rampant with fascinating, self-serving forecasts about the boundaries of the world. We relentlessly twist heaven and hell into projections of our selfishness and limitless ambition, turning our hopes and fears into distorted caricatures of the Christian concepts. No wonder we are embarrassed to enter the popular fray.

Yet we should treat heaven and hell both carefully and seriously, for we are deeply shaped in our moral lives by what we hope for and what we fear. Our contributors offer thoughtful reflection to enrich our understanding of these transcendent realities, through articles, inspirational pieces, book reviews, an interview, Christian art, new hymns, and worship aids.

The study guides and lesson plans integrate Bible study, prayer, and worship to enrich our understanding of the roles that heaven and hell should play in our moral lives. The guides can be used in a series or individually. You may download and reproduce them for personal or group use.

Download the entire Heaven and Hell issue and the set of six Study Guides. Or, download individual pieces by clicking the titles below.



Hymn and Worship Service

Inspirational Pieces

Book Reviews

  • "The History of Heaven and Hell," by Rikk Watts
    • Alan Bernstein, The Formation of Hell: Death and Retribution in the Ancient and Early Christian Worlds,
    • Piero Camporesi, The Fear of Hell: Images of Damnation and Salvation in Early Modern Europe
    • Jeffery Burton Russell, A History of Heaven: The Singing of Silence
  • "Ecstasy, Symbol, and Rhetoric," by F. Matthew Schobert, Jr.
    • Gordon Mursell (ed.), The Story of Christian Spirituality: Two Thousand Years, From East to West
    • Andrew Wilson-Dickson, The Story of Christian Music
    • Helen de Borchgrave, A Journey into Christian Art


Study Guides and Lesson Plans (Download the set of six Study Guides)

Further Reading