Oprah Puts Rob Bell on Her Spiritual A-Team

Eckhart Tolle.Rhonda Byrne.Elizabeth Gilbert....Rob Bell?Yes, the moment has arrived. After encouraging us to learn from Tolle about 'The Power of Now', pushing us to unlock 'The Secret' with Byrne, and exhorting us to let Gilbert teach us to 'Eat, Pray, Love,' Oprah has added Rob Bell to her list of must-read spiritual gurus. This month the media mogul picked Bell's recent offering What We Talk About When We Talk About God as her 'Super Soulful Book of the M … [Read more...]

What Rob Bell Talks About At the Areopagus

Is God still relevant for the modern world? Rob Bell thinks so, and we do too. But the real question is: how? Paul’s debate with the philosophers at the Areopagus remains a favorite story of mine. The Areopagus, or Mars Hill, in Athens was the cultural and intellectual center of the ancient world, so when the apostle Paul was asked to speak there on this strange new teaching about “Jesus” and “the Resurrection,” he spoke with great erudition and made an appeal for the Gospel tailored to his ‘reli … [Read more...]

Rob Bell on Gay Marriage: Why the Church Can’t Follow

Rob Bell is back in the news lately. He has a new book (CaPC review forthcoming!), in which he teaches that there are ways of speaking about God that are going to go the way of the Oldsmobile. Apparently, one of the things that is going to fall by the wayside is the church's opposition to homosexual marriage. "That ship has sailed," says Rob Bell recently.Bell may be correct. At least, he is correct that the evangelical conservative political machine is a sputtering mess right now. If … [Read more...]

Two Years Ago, Best Buds Debated Rob Bell and His Message

Two years ago, we had two good friends who were diametrically opposed to one another on the issue of Rob Bell, his book, and his ministry use Christ and Pop Culture as a venue to discuss their thoughts and concerns. What resulted was a dialogue about Rob Bell's Love Wins that stood out from other reactions on either side. It was thoughtful, fair, civil, and illuminating. From the introductory editor's note I wrote back then: Christ and Pop Culture writer, Ben Bartlett and guest-writer, Kiel … [Read more...]

So Rob Bell Wrote Another Book about God—Some Thoughts before Actually Reading It

Article originally posted at Derek Rishmawy's Reformedish blog, derekzrishmawy.com. A couple of years ago, Rob Bell wrote a little book about Heaven, Hell, and all that God stuff. You might have heard of it. If you haven't, don't worry about it—he didn't say anything new. (Or necessarily very good. I'll be honest, even though I was a Bell fan in college, I was pretty disappointed with that last book.) In any case, it kicked off a little bit of a crap-storm in the Evangelical world. Well, actu … [Read more...]

What is more Shocking: Rob Bell? or How we Communicate?

Is it really shocking to people that Rob Bell's forthcoming book appears to be poised to challenge historic Christian beliefs on the afterlife?  Do we too need to join John Piper in tweeting, "Farewell Rob Bell"?  Are all these Christians who think Bell has come out as a universalist being mean and unfair?  What does the fact that this discussion has blown up to fairly epic proportions on the interwebs say about how we communicate?Well here are some articles to help you navigate these wa … [Read more...]

The God's Aren't Angry…But I'm A Little Ticked

It mostly feels like 90 minutes of my life that I won't get back. Sure Rob Bell is cool, calm, collected, and has those retro glasses that every young Emergent pastor is copying, but his latest DVD release The Gods Aren't Angry was not as compelling as the person. The major concern with the DVD has nothing to do with cinematography, quality of production, etc. but rather with the content of the disc.For those of you who don't know the name, Rob Bell is pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in … [Read more...]