Stanley Hauerwas on “An Evangelical Social Gospel?”

“An Evangelical Social Gospel? is a joy to read because Suttle is so deadly serious about matters that matter. The book is filled with delightful surprises not the least being the recovery of Walter Rauschenbusch to challenge the individualism of evangelical Christianity. But this book is more than critique it is a wonderful imaginative attempt [Read More…]

Postliberal Theology for Dummies (like me)

It’s tough to summarize what I think postliberalism is in a way that is succinct and yet does not miss the main tenets. I feel sure I’ve failed to strike that balance here, nevertheless I offer a few reflections on what Postliberal theology means to me below. The Postliberal school of theology (also called the [Read More…]

Love Wins Interview: Rob Bell and Adrian Wornock

For those of you who have followed the Love Wins drama & wished it could be different; more cordial, loving, and productive – I would encourage you to take 55 minutes and watch this interview. Unlike most of what I’ve seen on radio and television surrounding Love Wins, this video portrays a very productive hour [Read More…]

Groundhog Day and Easter Guys quote movies — we know this. In my opinion, one of the most quotable is the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray’s venerable comedic talents have never been on more conspicuous display. There are so many great lines: “This is one time where television really fails to capture the [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapter 8 – Summary

Chapter 8 Synopsis He ends the book with this quote: “May you experience this vast, expansive, infinite, indestructible love that has been yours all along. May you discover that this love is as wide as the sky and as small as the cracks in your heart no one else knows about. And may you know, [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 Synopsis: “Grace and generosity aren’t fair; that’s their very essence…that’s how things work in the father’s world. Profound unfairness. People get what they don’t deserve. Parties are thrown for younger brothers who squander their inheritance.” This is the promise of scriptures – this is the result of the life of Jesus. God does [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapters 5 & 6

Chapter 5 Synopsis: He starts out doing very typical atonement theology. This will not sit well with those who want to make penal substitutionary atonement the lone or controlling metaphor for atonement, but I think he does a fair job of kind beginning to talk about the other word pictures in use in the bible [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 Synopsis: This is the chapter where he begins to say things that will make some Christians uncomfortable. But making us feel uncomfortable is not a reason to call him a heretic. His case is made artfully and solidly. He gives evidence that the church fathers, the scriptures, Christians all throughout the past two [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 Synopsis: Hell. Ok, after reading this chapter it’s clear that Bell is not giving up on the concept, idea, or reality of hell. He is, however, stubbornly resolved to allow the bible to frame our categories of thought when we talk about hell. He goes through every single reference in the scripture that [Read More…]

Rob Bell / Love Wins Review – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 Synopsis: We have been taught that heaven is always about somewhere else. But the scriptures do not talk about heaven in this way. Not ever. Heaven is not what we escape to. Bell rightly connects Jesus to the line of prophets before him. They talked about “this age” and “the age to come.” [Read More…]