Monthly Archives: March 2011

Bell in the Dock, Part 4

[Here are links to Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.] Chapter 4 of Love Wins is entitled “Does God Get What God Wants?”  It is the most bizarre chapter of the book. As usual, Bell begins with an anecdote, … Continue reading

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Bell in the Dock, Part 3

Rob Bell believes in a literal Hell.  That is the claim he makes in chapter 3 of Love Wins.  In order to demonstrate this claim, Bell recalls an incident when he drove from the airport in Kigali, Rwanda, to his … Continue reading

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Bell in the Dock, Part 2

[See Part 1 here.] The next piece of evidence to consider here is the first two chapters of Love Wins. Chapter 1 serves as an introduction to the book.  Entitled “What About the Flat Tire?”, this chapter seeks to overwhelm … Continue reading

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Bell in the Dock, Part 1

I finished Rob Bell’s Love Wins last week, and I have been mulling over some thoughts since then that I am now ready to express in writing, which I will do over the next several posts. In a previous post … Continue reading

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An Interesting Conversation

I am still working on Love Wins.  I have about a chapter or two remaining, and I should probably finish it today.  But I doubt if I will have a good opportunity to sit down and write about it before … Continue reading

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I’m Knee-Deep in Theological Controversy…What Now?

Spring break is a category that continues to inhabit my life even now into my 30’s, no longer because I am a student but rather because I am a teacher.  This week I am looking forward to some much-needed relaxation … Continue reading

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Why Are We Clinging to Hell?

I can understand why an outsider might think that all the attention surrounding Rob Bell’s redefinition of hell is one more example of evangelical lunacy.  To an outsider, our insistence on a traditional doctrine of hell must sound a bit … Continue reading

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In Defense of Theological Defensiveness

It has been hard to discern what the real story of the last week or so has been.  Is it that Rob Bell has questioned the doctrine of hell, or is it that Calvinists like John Piper and Justin Taylor … Continue reading

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Universalism’s Unimpressive Grace

Rob Bell may or may not believe that all people will be saved in the end (universalism).  And we may or may not have more clarity on this issue once his book comes out on March 15.  We’ll have to … Continue reading

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Is Gandhi in Hell?

Provocative pastor Rob Bell tantalizes us with this, among several other, questions in a recent video promoting his forthcoming book Love Wins.  Without spilling the beans about exactly where he will come down on the doctrine of hell, Bell (and … Continue reading

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