I enjoy Rob Bell’s Nooma series, though I was late to the game and only started watching them about 18 months ago. My youth enjoy counting his blinks and watching his eyebrows…and hopefully learning something too! So it is with great expectation that I watched the trailer for his new book (yes, they did a video trailer for his book…well done there) and was very amused at the responses. Check it out:
Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
There was a lot of pushback from Neo-Calvinists (“family friendly” contemporary Calvinists ranging from poster-boy Mark Driscoll to lite forms like Rick Warren). In fact, Rob Bell became a trending topic on Twitter…can’t recall a Christian author who has done that. JesusNeedsNewPR has a great comment on it:
Now, some have started saying to stop bashing Rob Bell before the book comes out and that Bell is a rogue preacher anyway so he’s likely not affected by it. That’s a fair comment and one I’ll join in on. But I *do* find it amusing that a book that pushes back against condemnation received so much premature condemnation. Hilarious.
I guess I’m posting this
- So you are aware of the book and its controversy and the passionate responses to the perceived topic of Universalism.
- I’ve pre-ordered the book and I’ll be reading it, blogging about it, and sharing highlights on my kindle since it likely fits the “hacking” part of Christianity very well, so look for that in April.
Thoughts on the well-done controversy and the video?