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Rob Bell Strikes Again

When I first heard about Love Wins, I was a bit worried.  I mean, I loved Rob Bell’s earlier work, what was this?  And then when I heard an interview where he defended the book on Unbelievable, I was incredibly impressed by the verbal tap dancing he was able to pull out to avoid answering the questions everyone wanted to hear.  Then I heard about him resigning from Mars Hill, and figured it was the end of an era.  I went to his website and subscribed to his newsletters, just out of sheer curiosity to see if he would back pedal, offer a better explanation or just fade into obscurity.  Then I got the email about his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God.  And I was sitting in an airport in the middle of a 12 hour layover and thought “sure…what the heck”.

Rob Bell

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I began reading it and finished it within 48 hours.  So, a quick blurb about what this book is about, why I would recommend it to Christians and Non-Christians alike and why I will probably be reading it again in the future.

First his own take on it…

“God appears to be more and more a reflection of whoever it is that happens to be talking about God at the moment.” Continue reading

5 Things I Had to Unlearn About Christianity

Unfortunately, there are times when good intentions are not enoughand the church is one of those places where this is most true.  The church attracts such a wide assortment of people with such a wide breadth of expectations, that it is very easy to even subconsciously inject your own personality into the words you share or to perpetuate half-truths with whole-hearted conviction.  Which is why I had to unlearn a few things I would have sworn were gospel truth.  To start, Paul said it best…

“It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.  The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel.  The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely…”  Philippians 1:15-18

Not every one who misinterprets a verse should be condemned a heretic, and few who take up the title of teacher are saints.  Here are my top 5 things that I was led to believe, consciously or subconsciously, in good intentions or ill, throughout my years in the church.
1)  Every verse stands alone and is written to me- Continue reading