Thursday, September 29, 2011 • 10:30 pm
In honor of the greatest movies critics the world has ever known (that would be Siskel & Ebert for you young folks), I am giving “two thumbs up” to Rob Bell and his news of going Hollywood to help create a new TV show on ABC called Stronger. [click here for RSS readers]
Most of us are familiar with Rob Bell and his book, Love Wins, which was the single reason why Christian bloggers saw a huge spike in their readership this past February. I won’t lie. I jumped on the bandwagon and wrote an entry entitled - What the Hell? - and got 1,329,143,143 hits on that post.
And just last week, Rob Bell got more attention when he announced his resignation from his church, Mars Hill. I’m not linking to MH’s press release out of fear that it’ll crash their website again. My blog has that much power.
And like that fated incident when people were reviewing his book, Love Wins, without actually reading the book, I thought it was comical that people were
criticizing, condemning, commenting on the reasons why he was stepping down from full-time pastorate
But now we know: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: , ABC, carlton cuse, Hollywood, LOST, mars hill church, rob bell
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 • 12:11 am
Over the course of this past weekend and my recent post about hell, universalism, exclusivism and other exclusive elititistic theological words and constructs, I’ve shared on numerous occasions both my deep appreciation for theology and simultaneously, the danger of theology. I wrote:
Theology is important. No matter what others may say or think, it has great value and importance. In fact, I would contend that one of the aspects that ails the Church is the lack of theological depth and substance. The [C]hurch are a bunch of lightweight theological dummies.
But my point is that while theology is indeed very important, it’s not the most important thing. If theology was the most important thing, we’d be screwed as salvation would rest in humanity’s ability to understand with absolute clarity.
Depending on how you approach the theological process, it’s understandable for people to formulate or arrive to the natural question:
“What then is the most important thing?”
and even more so… Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, faith, Jesus, john piper, rob bell, theology
Monday, February 28, 2011 • 12:01 am
Sorry, I thought this was a funny and appropriate title for this post. Maybe not.
I am doing the world a huge favor because I know that no one has heard about the brouhaha that transpired this past Saturday over some dude named Rob Bell or rather, a book he’s written that is yet to be released and Gospel Coalition, John Piper, and the legions of “new-Calvinists” that see it as their convictions to defend and contend for orthodox Christianity. [Read Part 2, The Most Important Thing.]
So…this blog post about Bell’s upcoming book pretty much declared Bell to be a universalist and that was the match that set off the firestorm. Perhaps, we should add Rob’s book to our list of Christian books that should NOT be published.
What are your thoughts about the fiasco?
As usual, here are some of my random & vomitaceous thoughts:
Rob is a friend…
Now, let me go on the record and share that I like Rob. I’ve blogged about him – with praise and pushback. We’ve emailed several times. He’s shown some tweet support for One Day’s Wages. In short, I’m proud to call him a friend and a brother in Christ.
So, it pained me to see so much venomous stuff being written about Rob.
Me like the Universalist Post
This might be hard for some of you to believe Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: bible, christianity, faith, Jesus, religion, gospel coalition, john piper, rob bell, theology, universalist
Friday, April 18, 2008 • 2:19 am
It’s been just one of those weeks for me – a little more busy, intense, and unexpected than what I expected. And while I was hoping to write one more substantive post today to gather some thoughts, I just don’t have the energy to put together a coherent post.
I’ve got a backlog of stuff and will try to piece the following posts together in the couple weeks: Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, barack obama, rob bell
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 • 2:24 am
Well, I finally met Rob Bell last night and had an intense conversation with him. Kind of. Like indirectly.
He was in Seattle for the Seeds of Compassion event with the Dalai Lama. I have no problem with that at all. I would have loved to have been invited to participate but no one called my agent. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: religion, emerging church, mark driscoll, rob bell
Friday, December 14, 2007 • 3:03 am
Honestly, I haven’t read
any much of Rob Bell’s stuff – just the soundbytes. I don’t know what’s wrong with me but I have this weird thing where I don’t like to read too much stuff that’s written by people that are still alive. Is that bizarre or what? So, I can devour C.S. Lewis, Augustine, Nouwen, St. Teresa of Avila, Martin Luther King Jr., Lesslie Newbigin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, David Bosch, etc. but I have a hard time enjoying contemporary authors that are loved by others: Piper, Bell, Marva Dawn, McLaren, Lauren Winner, McManus, D. Miller, and others. N.T. Wright, Eugene Peterson, and Scot McKnight may be the few exceptions. Read the rest of this entry »
Filed under: emerging church, religion, emerging church, rob bell