Most of you are probably aware of the controversy swirling around Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins.” Videos, interviews, and especially blog posts are moving across the web at lightning speed, so much so that Bell has been invited to appear on MSNBC and Good Morning America among other places. I think his live webcast even broke some online viewing records.
I didn’t intend to weigh in on the Rob Bell stuff, especially not before reading the book. This kind of controversy typically offers more heat than light. But I’ve had numerous folks from within our church ask me about it. We’ve made use of his Nooma videos on numerous occasions, and at times recommended his books. So I’m offering these thoughts as a pastor to the people in our church, though obviously some outside the church will read them. Once again, I have not yet read the book — I ordered a couple of copies from Amazon but they’ve been delayed. So I won’t be talking about the book. Instead I’ll be offering some thoughts about the issues Bell raises in general, as well as some of the things Bell has already said in videos and interviews. Continue reading