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Luther Seminary's Bible Q & A

What is heaven like? - Gracia Grindal

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Podcast discussion with Eric Barreto, Cameron Howard, and Gracia Grindal. Article written by Gracia Grindal. 

What is heaven like? While I believe firmly in heaven, and I use the images of Revelation frequently in my hymns, what heaven will actually be like is beyond my imagination. If it has strained the poetic gifts and talents of two great poets, Dante and John Milton, who base their poetry on Scripture, it will be beyond my limited abilities to describe.

Yet a closer look at how John Milton

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Sing about Heaven - Bible Reading Tip

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Songs and hymns that describe the glorious splendors of heaven abound.

One spiritual, "I Got Shoes," focuses on the basics -- shoes, a robe, wings, and a harp. And it promises freedom from hypocrisy: "Everybody talkin' 'bout heaven ain't goin' there."

The song depicts a simple, joyful freedom:

I got shoes, you got shoes, all God's children got shoes
When I get to heaven gonna put on my shoes
I'm gonna walk all over God's heaven, heaven, heaven
Everybody talkin' bout heaven ain't goin' there heaven,

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