do justice. love kindness. live prudently.

Posts tagged Rob Bell

The Divine Wager (Weekend Reflection)

The Divine Wager (Weekend Reflection)
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 [...]

The Paradox of Universalism/Exclusivi...

The Paradox of Universalism/Exclusivism
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, [...]

Universalism as Prayer

Universalism as Prayer
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 [...]

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 [...]

Contact Me

Categories

Archives