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 [...]
Hopeful Universalism lives with an unresolved tension. It recognizes that some parts of scripture point toward an exclusive kind-of salvation that is found only in Jesus, leaving some on the “outside.” But it also recognizes that other parts of scripture point toward a Christ who is reconciling “all things” to himself, [...]
I am a hopeful universalist, or, to put it in slightly more provocative terms, a universalist sympathizer.
What does that mean? It means, as I recited in a prior post, that I’m not a universalist, but I suspect that God might be.*
Hopeful universalists can be contrasted with what we might call dogmatic universalists, who believe and teach the [...]
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It was a relief, after all of the firestorm of criticism, to hear a generally positive take from Wright – one that is not unlike my own. The last minute is the best summary of the book I’ve heard yet.
He questions American obsession with hell at the star [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]