Heaven Can't Wait

Why rethinking the hereafter could make the world a better place

Jesus had asked the angels to sing. In the parking lot of an Arby's in North Platte, Neb., 4-year-old Colton Burpo told his father, Pastor Todd Burpo, that he'd visited heaven while undergoing appendicitis surgery. Colton had climbed into the lap of Jesus, who was dressed in a white robe with a royal purple sash. The Son of Man then summoned winged angels and requested music. There were halos and bright colors, a rainbow horse and a throne for the Son at the right hand of the Father. Colton met John the Baptist (whom he found "really nice") and saw the...