Friday, April 15, 2011
Read Tim Keller's "The Importance of Hell", then read this blog post by Bill Walker. Walker's point is that Keller has already said much of what Bell is saying, yet Keller hasn't come under the attack that Bell has.
Great article from The Huffington Post called "Rob Bell vs. John Piper: Do we have to choose?" One of the best takeaways from this article is this quote: "Bell represents a movement among younger evangelicals that considers theological truth as a secondary concern. they are more about the 'journey' rather than the destination." This is so key. My recommendation with a book like this is to certainly read it, but also read what others are saying about the issue, and of course to read it in context with the Scriptures.
Scot McKnight posted a good article by Jeff Cook on the similarities between Rob Bell and C.S. Lewis. I've never read these Lewis works, but I find this very interesting. A quote: "I suspect Bell intimidates some because he is part of a culture they do not understand and cannot control (that culture is urban, postmodern, and discovers the truth more naturally through questions, sarcasm, and intuition than through the systematic presentations of the top Christian publishing house)."
Finally, a friend just told me about Darrell Bock's chapter-by-chapter review, which can be found here.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions from Mars Hill, the church where Bell pastors.
Rob Bell's Facebook fan page has more videos
Several evangelicals have come to Bell's defense, and believe that what he is writing is not only nothing new about it, but also nothing wrong with it. Two of the more prominent ones areRichard Mouw and Greg Boyd.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
I've only read about 1/3 of Rob Bell's latest book, Love Wins, but I've read a lot of what others think about the book. I promised some resources over a week ago, so here goes (there will be three posts since there are so many):
First off is a blog post from The Resurgence with links to the initial promo video for the book that set off a social media firestorm, along with some of the more anti-Rob Bell articles and book reviews.
Next up is a link to the video from a panel discussion moderated by Al Mohler of Southern Seminary. A synopsis of that discussion can be found here.
Ben Witherington has a chapter-by-chapter review here. Witherington is a New Testament scholar who falls in the middle on a lot of issues. He affirms much of what Bell writes, but also feels that he falls short in a lot of areas.
Mark Galli's review in Christianity Today.
Scot McKnight's post right before the book came out. In this post he defines words like universalism, pluralism, and annihilationism, all key words in this debate.
Scot McKnight is now going through the book on his blog. So far there are five posts.