Backdrop: Rob Bell Controversy summary
I was suppose to get an advanced copy of the book, but I think it got lost. I finally got around to reading it. You can find plenty of highlights on the interwebs but here’s my quick take.
If you’re looking for things to critique and hate, you’ll find it.
If you’re looking for affirmation of the infinite love of God, you’ll find it.
I’m no academic but from what I can tell Rob Bell hasn’t written anything outlandish and new. What’s new is the book is a great compilation of timely questions and biblically-rooted reflections for today’s culture.
There were some inconsistencies and big gaping holes… but I’ve yet to come across any one unifying ‘theological’ theory of everything that’s even close to being airtight.
What many people don’t understand is that Rob Bell is a poet/artist/provocateur and you can’t read him as you would a scholar or apologist.
I love the title of this recent post regarding Jesus in Japan and Libya: “I was hungry… and you argued about Rob Bell”
There are convictions and even foundations worth fighting for. But with the current state of our world, I am for the entire spectrum of those who hope to bring good to humanity.
If you’re a left-wing liberal tree-hugger and that’s your calling and contribution to our good earth, please keep doing so. And if you’re an old school bible thumping bullhorn preacher and that’s how God’s wired you, we need you to keep doing that too, and doing it well.
In the end, I think love does win, but whoever said it wouldn’t get messy?