In his book Baseball Through a Knothole, Bill Borst tells the story of kids who gathered in the outfield and watched St. Louis Cardinals baseball games through knotholes in the fence. Glimpses of baseball greats like Dizzy Dean and Leo Durocher kept the kids coming back. They became known as the “knothole gang.” 

My father-in-law was a lifelong Cardinals fan and a member of the knothole gang. Answering the question, “What happens sixty seconds after we die?” reminds me of him.

The Bible gives us glimpses into the afterlife. Those glimpses start with a knothole in the Old Testament called Sheol, the place of the dead, and expands throughout the New Testament. Viewing heaven through a knothole isn’t the best view of the afterlife, but it’s something.

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG