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What Ever Happened to Rob Bell, the Pastor Who Questioned the Gates of Hell?
Originally Posted: 12/02/2014 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

In 2011, his book “Love Wins” pushed the evangelical envelope on the nature of heaven, hell, and salvation. Many dismissed him as a modern-day heretic, unwilling to embrace traditional evangelicals beliefs abo ...

The Tribes of Rob Bell, Mark Driscoll, John Piper ... and Jesus
Originally Posted: 04/03/2014 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

Pride, greed, hatred, bitterness, fear, and ignorance often cause Christians to promote distrust instead of unity — but what if Christians were more patient, graceful, and forgiving of each other? ...

Allegiance
Originally Posted: 03/18/2014 - 1:05pm | Type: Blog

God doesn't want to vie for our allegiance. Yet he must, because our allegiance is divided between church attendance, theological stances, and denominational commitments (among other things), as if these ...

Pete Holmes Searching for Comedic Communion
Originally Posted: 01/15/2014 - 3:23pm | Type: Blog

For a period in his younger life, the host of “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, which debuted late last year and follows “Conan” on late-night TV, was on a trajectory to become a youth pastor. ...

Rob Bell, Oprah Winfrey, and Christianity’s Identity Crisis
Originally Posted: 11/05/2013 - 12:19pm | Type: Blog

Oprah Winfrey explores the crisis facing Christianity — whether God is for human flourishing or against it; whether God is love or a mixture of love and hate. Christianity is fa ...

Top 3 Reasons Rob Bell Matters: Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 8
Originally Posted: 04/05/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Maybe what I appreciate most about this book is the sense of wonder it provides. The book and our conversations have reminded me that nothing simply “is what it is.” (The Contr ...

Getting Ahead of Ourselves? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 7)
Originally Posted: 04/03/2013 - 1:43pm | Type: Blog

Nuanced or not, are Christians, especially evangelicals, perceived as being against things like peacemaking? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another firestorm wit ...

God For Us and The Scandal of Being Good (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 6)
Originally Posted: 04/02/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

At the heart of the Christian message lies the ridiculous, absurd, and even scandalous message that God is for everyone. (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another f ...

Awake My Soul (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 5)
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 8:15am | Type: Blog

Why does Rob write this stuff? Whose side is he on? Yours. Mine. Ours. It's the Monday after Easter, and I couldn't think of a better day to talk about God being with us ...

Faith and Doubt Dancing on Good Friday (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 4)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 2:22pm | Type: Blog

Good Friday is good because on that day Jesus revealed who God is at a fundamental level. God is the one who responds to our violence and destruction with the forgiveness and love that defined Jesus’ life. “Lo ...

What Do You Mean, 'Open,' Rob? (Rob Bell Blogalogue Part 3)
Originally Posted: 03/28/2013 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Scientific inquiry and Biblical interpretation are not the same thing. So what's Rob's purpose for this chapter? (The Controversial figure Rob Bell has created another ...

The God of Jesus: Beyond Religious Tribalism (Rob Bell Blogaglogue, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 6:33am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell isn’t making up new ways to talk about God. Throughout the book, Rob explores what God has done in the past and how God continues to pull all humans into a global future that has “greater and greater ...

An Open Letter to Rob Bell
Originally Posted: 03/25/2013 - 6:11pm | Type: Blog

What I think Rob Bell is doing is not so much giving us new ideas (though, given some of the ecclesial silos many of us have been reared in some of these ideas might seem new). Instead, Rob is lending his voic ...

Book Review: 'Rob Bell and a New American Christianity'
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

There's the shift within American Christianity, and Rob Bell is leading the way. "Can we watch a video with that guy who has the weird hair and the dark rimmed glasses ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me: Part, The Third
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 12:28pm | Type: Blog

Reentry is often a pain in my ass. It's true. I get a chance to get away from it all, to spend some time with friends and begin to unwind and it's glorious. But then there's the return trip ho ...

Walk On The Ocean: Rob Bell, Day 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 6:53pm | Type: Blog

Toad the Wet Sprocket was playing in my head. "Walk on the ocean..." but this wasn't some 1990's melancholia. Instead it was an invitation. I didn't want to swim, though I love it. I d ...

Rob Bell Is @&^*!ing With Me (#FTW)
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 11:51am | Type: Blog

Are we listening to the invitation to participate in what the Holy is up to? It's a spiritual posture...a social, relational, political, ecclesial posture. It's a way to share in everything and to pu ...

New “Hellbound?” Movie Explores, Challenges Christian Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 09/26/2012 - 7:09am | Type: Blog

The movie breaks off from the oft-quoted pro-hell camp and considers the social and historical backdrop for hell, as well as extensive screen time for the doubters and skeptics about the reality of such a plac ...

Mars Hill Bible Church Names Rob Bell’s Successor
Originally Posted: 08/24/2012 - 9:23am | Type: Blog

In an email sent on Wednesday to members of the Grandville, Mich., church, leaders announced Kent Dobson had accepted the lead position. GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Mars Hill Bible Church ...

Hellbound? New Film Explores Ideas, Doctrine of Hell
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 6:17pm | Type: Blog

If you believe that all non-Christians are going to hell, then that means that not only would Hitler be there, but so would most of his victims.How could it be just for someone to go from the fires of Auschwit ...

Hell and Mr. Fudge
Originally Posted: 06/06/2012 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

A new film, 'Hell and Mr. Fudge', compresses the events of the years when Edward Fudge, now a Houston-based lawyer and internationally known Bible teacher and author, began an intensive study of the ...

Jennifer Grant Asks 'What is an Evangelical?'
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:24am | Type: Blog

As part of our ongoing series, "What is an Evangelical?" author Jennifer Grant used some creativity to get the message across. As part of our ongoing series, "Wh ...

Rob Bell: 'Surrender the Outcomes'
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

How do you step out and take a risk — as a pastor, as an artist, as a parent, as a person — when the job description of a pioneer or a vanguard comes with the assurance of persecution? “Surrender the outcomes, ...

Bare Feet and Dolphins: Rob Bell's Return
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 9:58am | Type: Blog

The sounds of the Pacific crashing on the shore mix with a reggae tune playing on the outdoor stereo of the bar next door as the speaker, a 41-year-old former pastor and bestselling author, resumes his riff on ...

Piper's Tweets About Gays: Dude, Where Is the Love?
Originally Posted: 02/27/2012 - 8:00am | Type: Blog

It seems Piper has a Twitter problem. Maybe he doesn’t see it as such, because with fewer than 140 characters, he can stir up quite a storm of controversy. But considering the damage that can be done with so f ...

Rob Bell's Parting Epistle to Mars Hill: "Grace + Peace"
Originally Posted: 01/02/2012 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

Rob Bell, 41, the founding pastor of Mars Hill church in western Michigan, bid adieu to his congregation in a 5,000-word epistle about grace and peace, which he preached the Sunday before Christmas to thousand ...

Top 10 Religion Stories of the Year
Originally Posted: 12/14/2011 - 3:05pm | Type: Blog

The death of Osama bin Laden is voted the No. 1 religion story of the year by the members of Religion Newswriters Association, the world’s premier association dedicated to helping journalists write about relig ...

Today's News Round-up
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 5:24am | Type: Blog

Evangelical author nears the end of her "biblical year" From making her own clothes to praising her husband at the city gate to sleeping outside in a tent for the duration of her period, Rachel Held ...

Who is the Messiah of Evangelical Politicians?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The evangelical world expands to a far-off horizon and the topographical valleys and peaks cover landscapes that are both long and wide. The evangelical world expands to a far-o ...

Facebook, Google+, and More: Does Social Networking Enhance Our Faith?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping our lives . The other day I read some interesting statistics about how social media is shaping ...

Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/06/love-wins/" target="_self"></a>No, I am not submitting a belated entry into the heated conversation about Rob Bell's lates ...

Who Goes to Hell is Not the Most Important Question
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Reality check: Gandhi's in hell."<br /> "Really? Gandhi's in hell? And we have confirmation of this?"</p> "Reality check: Gandhi� ...

What Does Rob Bell Really Say? (A Review of the Actual Book Itself)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/15/what-does-rob-bell-really-say-a-review-of-the-actual-book-itself/" target="_self"></a>Whether it was a brilliant marketing stra ...

In the End, Love Always Wins
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope in the church than I have felt in a long time. I spent this past weekend in an experience that gave me more hope ...

Religion and Women: The Oldest Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Nicolas Kristof had a recent article in <em>The New York Times</em> titled, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/opinion/10kristof.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">"R ...

The (Second) Worst Religious Idea of the Decade
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Earlier this month, the nice folks over at The Washington Post's Outlook section asked me to write an essay about what I thought the worst religious idea of the past decade was. I ended up giving ...

Getting Beyond the Confession and Guilt Checklist
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Recently, while traveling through Michigan, I attended Mars Hill for church one Sunday. Rob ...

The Two Futures Project: Who Would Jesus Bomb?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In light of <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/05/us-afghanistan-civilian-deaths-coalition-bombing">headlines that dozens of kids and families were killed in US bombings of Afgh ...