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Love Wins?

This video promoting Rob Bell's new book has caused quite a stir online. (BTW, note the article linked is written by our old friend Sarah Pulliam).

I know we've talked about the Heaven/Hell debate before, but I thought I'd just throw it out on here since we are supposed to be "emergent" - thoughts on this video?


Nick Johnson said...

Thanks for posting Jesse. I noticed a story about this on cnn's website and thought it was weird that they were mentioning emergent village. Regarding the video, there really isn't anything in there I disagree with (other than the musical choice...but Greg will be mad at me if he reads that).

Nick Nelson said...

I too have followed the debate about Taylor's critique of this book on the Gospel Coalition website. It really annoys me and I find it a bit sad. It is a great promotional video and I think Taylor played right into it. Bell asks great questions, big questions, ultimately unanswerable questions (if we are honest). Taylor made a bunch of serious allegations (heresy, false teaching) without having even read the book. Are you really that threatened by questions that you have to jump so quickly to defend "the gospel" which you can't even be sure is really threatened in the book? Which I supposed brings up another great question of what is meant by Gospel and what is "false teaching" but that is another blog post entirely.

I look forward to reading the book, seeing what Bell has to say, balance it against what else I know and believe to be true and deciding what I can take and what I can't. I would be surprised if Bell seriously goes so far as to completely eliminate the possibility that there are circumstances through which people end up spending eternity away from God's presence. He may have a more liberal view on that than some would like, but I am not threatened by that enough to call him a wolf.

Kristen Kuzmick said...

Very excited to read this book. Velvet Elvis revolutionized my ideas about God. Hopeful that this book will do the same.

Zack Schroeder said...

Super Interesting thanks for posting this.
The book sounds really interesting.

Brother Curt said...

Being the book addict that I am, I will absolutely have to buy this book. Rob asks the correct questions. Nothing can threaten the power of the
Gospel unless it is someone who thinks the Gospel has only one interpretation.....theirs!! Of course we are told in Scripture that we will be judged by the measure with which we judge. I wonder how many folks are damning themselves to Hell, if there is one. I hope not. I wouldn't want any of them to suffer the way the seem to want others to suffer.

Jesse said...

A great quote from Brian McLaren: "Rob has come to see that the biblical story is bigger and better than a narrative about how souls get sorted out into two bins at the end of time."

here's the full post: http://brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/rob-bell-giving-us-all-a-wonderf.html

Jesse said...

A good post from Jonathan Brink as well: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/EmergentVillage/~3/FqlOXka1CIs/I-May-Be-Right-But-I-Hope-I'm-Wrong

Lots of great stuff around the inter-webs!!