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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rob Bell Punches Back

I've been out all day at a retreat and will be preaching in the morning at St. John's, Bowdoin Street, Boston on Sunday.

I'll post that sermon later.

Until then, check out this interview with Rob Bell, whose book, "Love Wins" has caused a firestorm of controversy in Evangelical circles.

Rob Bell totally rocks. Hard.

Hat tip to my beloved brother David in Montreal.


JCF said...

Typo in the thread title? (Just trying to help you get web-traffic, Lisbeth!)


Off-topic: my friend Cathy died today. If you would be so kind to pray for the repose of her soul...

walter said...


I listened to the Cnn’ clip. If American Evangelism is leading to the question ‘after you die is speculation’ Pascal much earlier addressed the issue. It does not work for me because it is an escape from our awareness of mortality-body-psyche-spirit and to even try to single out the death of which he speaks on the CNN' clip as physical depth would be pointless. But many people need to hear what he says thus the many copies sold; however sooner or later he also will have to face the fundamental question: what is there after this life. It is the idolatry of the now which has made of American Evangelism an existential fundamentalism. In the name of the One who keeps us centered and focused and truthful, Jesus The Christ.

Walter Vitale

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

JCF - I'm so sorry, JCF. May she rest in Light Eternal

Elizabeth Kaeton said...

Thank you, Walter

Bex said...

I think our concept of linear time has a lot to do with this kind of controversy. We are tied to thinking in terms of past, present and future. I am certainly no expert on particle physics, but there are very interesting questions being asked about time that could change our understanding of, or at least increase our appreciation of the mysteries of the universe. I always think of J.B. Phillips' "Your God Is Too Small" when the discussion turns to rigid certaintly about what Bell rightly calls speculation.