Thoughts on Rob Bell and the Controversy Surrounding His Yet-To-Be-Released Book

If you have no idea what is going on, read this.

The post that started it all is here.

If you are clueless on who Rob Bell is, go here.

Update: Here is a really interesting post on Rob.

1. I have never read a Rob Bell book. And have never wanted to till now.

2. I have however prejudged a book of his before and then been found to be wrong.

3. It will not commend the gospel of grace to anyone who does not believe the gospel (or who you might think is in error), to denounce a book and it’s author before it has been released. The young people we keep saying we are worried about will not take us and our concerns seriously. Only the ones who agree with orthodox views on hell will listen. And retweet.

4. Rob Bell may be a universalist. Or he may just not be all that on clear on purpose.

5. John Stott is an annihilationist. Lewis believed in Purgatory. Would we be nicer to Bell for these beliefs?

6. I love John Piper but his ‘farewell’ tweet to Rob Bell was poorly done.

7. Harper Collins Wins.

8. The Synod of Dort took 6 months, the council of Nicea at least two months. Not sure if 6 days is enough.

9. If I had to make a prediction, I think this will end up being a non-issue when the book comes out. The worried one will not see a crystal clear declaration and the fans of Bell will keep on being fans. Again, all it would have taken to get a listen from those who do not already agree with them, would be for the Calvinist bloggers to wait till the book comes and and be able to say, “I have read it, this is what I think.” But now? Impossible.

10. I’m hoping the Publisher sends me a free copy. If I have to wait I may forget about this by the time it comes out. (Just heard from publisher and I should get a copy soon.)

8 thoughts on “Thoughts on Rob Bell and the Controversy Surrounding His Yet-To-Be-Released Book

  1. C-Dub Collins February 28, 2011 / 6:03 pm

    I thought you weren't going to blog about him.

  2. C-Dub Collins February 28, 2011 / 6:04 pm

    Nevermind. Just saw your FB status where you changed your mind.

  3. Matt Blick February 28, 2011 / 6:55 pm

    now I wasn't expecting that.I totally agree. Good call.

  4. dave bish February 28, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    One way or another someone really knows how to create a buzz about a book. I think the question he's raising is really important. As a university evangelist hell is right up there in the top few objections to Christianity today that I'm hearing (along with Christian teaching on sexuality). Bell may or may not be offering a different answer to orthodox Christianity – but we realy need to have a good and attractive way of answering that doesn't turn our God into a villain.

  5. kristen February 28, 2011 / 8:51 pm

    5 and 6 were my first thoughts Saturday. I read Velvet Elvis after all the kids I knew were getting into NOOMA and it wasn't bad, certainly within the bounds of orthodoxy. Bell is heavily weighted towards narrative theology and storytelling. Eternal life in hell doesn't fit well in a human story of redemption and how God is reconciling all things. Annihilation or a second chance "works" better. This is God's story, so I think what works for us doesn't ultimately matter.

  6. Andy's Library February 28, 2011 / 10:24 pm

    The 'instantization' of our culture (ie the www) has made us violently reactionary and less cerebral – consider stopping to think

  7. Joffre March 2, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    John Piper can be pretty brutal. Which I don't mind. I do mind that he's always so careful to act the nice guy while he's doing it.

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