This weekend, I want to offer a bit of a footnote on the book of Job.
I have often heard it said that, no matter how hard human beings try to be good, we will always fail to such a degree that God will be inclined to punish us with extreme, eternal prejudice. Thus, by default, everyone is necessarily deserving of eternal punishment from God. [...]
As we saw last weekend, the book of Job begins and ends with a short story. And that short story is about a wager.
The wager occurs in connection with a conversation between God and "the Satan" (literally, "the accuser"). God is proud of the faithfulness and righteousness of Job, but the accuser challenges him: Job, he say [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
Briefly interrupting the blogging hiatus to show you this t-shirt, which I ran across tonight:
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 [...]
This is the first part of a multiple-post review of Brian McLaren’s A New Kind of Christianity, which I introduced here. In the book, McLaren sets out the ten questions that he believes are reshaping Christianity in the West.
The first question is this: What is the overarching story line of the Bible?
McLaren begins by observing that, for [...]
One of the odd things I’m learning about moving to a new blog is that the old one doesn’t really die unless you completely pull it down. Even after I publicly announced that my WordPress.com blog was dormant, people – mostly, I’m guessing who linked to it via search engines and blogrolls that haven’t been updated – continued to read and [...]