This was one of the biggest stories of the Christian world in 2011. Rob Bell wrote a book called Love Wins
, for which he took an unending amount of crap from far too many smug, self-assured, self-proclaimed biblical scholars who – although far too many still haven’t even read the book – tried their best to skewer him. John Piper’s famous tweet “Farewell Rob Bell,” was the beginning of the criticism and, in truth, it still hasn’t stopped. Never mind that the book stays within the bounds of orthodoxy and really doesn’t say anything that wasn’t said by the church fathers, even the reformers and more contemporary favorites like C.S. Lewis. It’s a really good book & I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in something more enlightened than Left Behind
. My guess is that love wins will still be in print and enlightening readers far after the right wing radio show host’s program has been cancelled. Here are the posts I did reviewing each chapter.
Chapter 08 & Summary
Then came the incredible news that Rob Bell had resigned from his church. More people jumped on him. Rick Warren fired a critical tweet off, assuming Bell was leaving for the spotlight of speaking tours. What we found out later was that Rob Bell left to try his hand at moving the culture at large. He is partnering with Carlton Cuse (you can read about it here), one of the writers from LOST to write and produce a new television drama called “Stronger.” My guess is that it will be amazing.
Rob Bell recently gave his farewell address to the Mars Hill Church which he planted and led for a decade. You can read it here
. It reads like 2 of the best chapters from a book he has yet to write. Here’s a quick excerpt (below). Here’s hoping that Rob Bell keeps pressing forward in the new year, and that his critics will lose their ability to snark!
“…there is a meta-movement in the scriptures, an arc to the unfolding story of redemption. it is the movement from word to flesh… word takes on flesh. this is the story of Jesus, the word, the creative life force of the universe, taking on a body and moving into the neighborhood. so when Jesus talks about the kind of life God has for us, he talks about us experiencing in flesh and blood a whole new way of being. serving, caring, discovering, thanking, forgiving, loving, tasting, embracing, doing whatever we do for the least of these. it’s an embodied faith, one that’s dirty and bloody with sleeves rolled up and sweat on the brow. it’s one where there’s plenty of wine at the party.”