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Crime, Punishment, Hell, and Utilitar...

Crime, Punishment, Hell, and Utilitarianism: Some Lawyerly Reflections on Love Wins
When people begin talking about hell and limited versus universal salvation, one of the first problems that they encounter is one of vocabulary. More specifically, a lot of folks become confused because there isn’t a robust lexicon that describes the different nuances of beliefs about hell. Case in point: After Rob Bell published his promotio [...]

Beat Poetry for the Revolution (A Rev...

Beat Poetry for the Revolution (A Review of Love Wins)
My fondest memories from the first year of law school (if such memories are even possible) involve brief quips that were made by Russell Weintraub, a fantastic teacher and scholar who taught my contracts course. One day, during the reading an extended section from a legal opinion authored by an appeals court judge who was famous for his fluid [...]

Pastor Fired Over Bell Book

Pastor Fired Over Bell Book
My wife just showed me this piece on MSNBC that details the firing of a pastor over what appears, in part, to be his support of the ideas in Rob Bell’s now infamous book, Love Wins. For me, this story underscores the need for a strong laity voice in discussions of this nature, whether it be in blogs, on Facebook, etc. Many leaders who are sym [...]

Hell is for Bad People (Duh!)

Hell is for Bad People (Duh!)
If you are going to carry on a conversation about hell and the way it is presented in the Bible, it helps to begin by considering who actually – in the words of Jesus – is going to hell. Surprisingly (to some), Jesus doesn’t describe the denizens of hell as people who don’t profess faith in him or who refuse to say a sinner’s prayer. Hell, we [...]

Love Wins: Just Got It!

Love Wins: Just Got It!
My initial impression from the jacket, Table of Contents, and Preface: this is not a book that will gingerly poke at the idea of conscious eternal torment for millions. It’s a full frontal assault. From the back cover: “God loves us. God offers us everlasting life by grace, freely, through no merit on our part. Unless you do not resp [...]

Another Rob Bell Interview on MSNBC

Another Rob Bell Interview on MSNBC
  Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   I am astounded by the interest the mainstream media has in Bell and his new book. As I’ve said before, Bell isn’t offering anything new (he says it himself in this interview); he is just doing a better job of making it understandable… a [...]

Bell and Bashir on MSNBC–Wow!

Bell and Bashir on MSNBC–Wow!
As I was browsing my Facebook feed tonight, I stumbled across a link from Curtis – one of our readers – to this YouTube video, which I think is best characterized as a carefully laid ambush of Rob Bell on his new book, Love Wins:   The video title – and comments that follow – say that Bell “squirms” during the interview. They also say [...]

Does It?

Does It?
Briefly interrupting the blogging hiatus to show you this t-shirt, which I ran across tonight:

An Overview of Evangelical Universali...

An Overview of Evangelical Universalism
In a discussion on the subject of universalism, it can be helpful to distinguish between several varieties of universalism. Among those varieties are: – Unitarian Universalism, which holds that all faiths are more or less all equal ways to find God; and – Christian Universalism, which holds that the Christian God is the “true” Go [...]

Rob Bell and Hell: What is at Stake?

Rob Bell and Hell: What is at Stake?
The net was abuzz last night over a video from Rob Bell that promotes Love Wins, a book that will be released at the end of March. Here is the video: LOVE WINS. from Rob Bell on Vimeo. In the video, Bell asks a series of questions about the doctrine of hell, the most pointed of which is this: will the vast majority of humanity will suffer c [...]

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