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  • Rob Bell Joins Oprah’s ‘Life You Want’ Tour

    Rob Bell will be out on the road as part of a new speaking tour. But unlike the intimate theater shows he used to host, his new platform will be in arenas around the country. Oprah has announced that Bell will be among the guests on her eight-city “The Life You Want Weekend” tour, kicking off this fall. In a press release, Oprah said, “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space. I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to...
  • Rob Bell Has Left The Church For A “Quasi-Intentional Spiritual Community”?

    12/09/2013 6:02:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | December 9, 2013 | Denny Burk
     Jim Hinch argues in The American Scholar that evangelicalism is on decline in America. This thesis is not new. He’s accessing trends in polling data that evangelicals have been aware of for years. The article focuses on the demise of Robert Schuller and his Crystal Cathedral as a parable of what’s happening in evangelicalism writ large. Hinch then argues that Rob Bell’s flight from the pastorate and from his own megachurch is a leading indicator of where younger evangelicals are trending. In short, they’re leaving the movement. And in Bell’s case in particular, they’re leaving the church altogether. Hinch writes:Yet, like so many...
  • Rob Bell's 'Love Wins' Nudged 1,000 People to Leave Mars Hill Bible Church, Says Successor

    11/19/2013 3:00:33 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2013 | BY NICOLA MENZIE
    Mars Hill Bible Church, the congregation founded by author Rob Bell, lost about 1,000 people over their former pastor's controversial 2011 book, Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, according to the Grandville, Mich., megachurch's new pastor Kent Dobson. Dobson was chosen by Mars Hill Bible Church in 2012 to replace Bell, who founded the congregation in 1999. "There was a lot of drama with (Bell's book) Love Wins and that season feels like it's over. This year has been one of sort of settling down a bit and re-identifying our...
  • More Pastors Jumping Off the Rock into the Raging Waters

    08/05/2013 12:02:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 03/24/2013 | Michael Youssef
    When evangelical preachers lose their way and turn their backs on biblical Christianity, why is it they end up in the Episcopal Church? As a preacher who traveled in the opposite direction and left the Episcopal Church 22 years ago—or I should say the Episcopal Church left me—I think I have a clue. On March 18, the Huffington Post reported that Rob Bell, the one-time evangelical pastor who rejected the core of Christian faith, has endorsed homosexual marriage. Where was that endorsement made? Surprise, surprise: Grace Cathedral, the Episcopal Cathedral of the Diocese of California. Grace Cathedral is located in...
  • Pastor Rob Bell Grows Frustrated Amid Questions on 'Sinfulness' of Homosexuality

    05/07/2013 8:34:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2013 | Nicola Menzie
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell appeared in a recent radio discussion with Christian British minister Andrew Wilson to discuss his new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and grew frustrated when pressed by Wilson to explain his theological reasons for affirming homosexuality and same-sex relationships. Bell and Wilson appeared on the U.K. faith debate program "Unbelievable?" hosted by Justin Brierley on Premier Christian Radio. Wilson is a published theologian and elder at Kings Church in Eastbourne, East Sussex. The men, moderated by Brierley, started the discussion by debating various issues during the hour-plus program, but it...
  • Rob Bell, Homosexuality, and the New Cultural Acceptance

    03/23/2013 2:11:02 PM PDT · by BurningOak · 99 replies
    With that said and meant, this shift is altogether unsurprising. The new mark of being culturally acceptable is affirming homosexuality as virtuous (not merely okay, but virtuous, even exemplary). This is the litmus test. I don’t think many of us expected that it would so quickly fill this role, but it has. The mark of being a progressive, kind, socially courageous person today is simply this: affirming same-sex marriage. There are other cardinal virtues of a contemporary au courant identity, but this is the lodestar, the one that hangs one’s personal moon. This shows us that the cultural middle is...
  • To Hell with Hell? [New Pastor at Rob Bell's former church rejects Bell's theology?]

    01/04/2013 8:17:11 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 62 replies
    the resurgence ^ | Mark Driscoll
    Every once in a while, someone of note questions or denies the classic Christian belief of a literal hell with eternal, conscious suffering. Then a debate rages and becomes personal between representatives of various perspectives on the issue... Hell is real and terrible. It is eternal. There is no possibility of amnesty or reprieve. Daniel says that some of the dead will be resurrected “to shame and everlasting contempt.” Jesus says, “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. . . . And these will go away into eternal punishment.” Paul tells...
  • Rob Bell Tells How 'Love Wins' Led to Mars Hill Departure

    12/10/2012 2:26:36 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | December 3, 2012 | Katherine Weber
    Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a "search for a more forgiving faith." Bell details this search in a recent interview with The New Yorker, and discusses his invitation to Christians interested in a different kind of church, "one that can keep pace with the rising 'waterline of culture.'" "Bell is now loosely aligned with a cohort of pastors worldwide who are searching for ways to move beyond old-fashioned worship," Kelefa Sanneh of...
  • Rob Bell and a New American Christianity (Musing about the non-existence of Hell)

    11/18/2012 5:44:01 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Ministry Matters ^ | 11/15/2012 | By James K. Wellman, Jr.
    The face of American Christianity is in transition, and Rob Bell, with his evolving look and artistry, has opened a window on this hybrid horizon. Known to many for his Nooma films, a series of twenty-four twelve-minute sermons and his controversial 2011 book, titled Love Wins: A Book about Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, his person and work provoke visceral reactions that range from adoration to repulsion, while raising profound questions. In 2011 he was named to the Time 100 list—the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, Bell left Mars...
  • Many Born-Again Christians Hold Universalist Views, Barna Finds

    04/24/2011 6:54:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/18/2011 | Jennifer Riley
    One in four born-again Christians hold universalist thoughts when it comes to salvation, according to a new Barna analysis of trend data. Twenty-five percent of born-again Christians said all people are eventually saved or accepted by God. A similar proportion, 26 percent, said a person’s religion does not matter because all faiths teach the same lessons. And an even higher proportion, 40 percent, of born-again Christians said they believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God. Barna defined universalism as the belief that all human beings will eventually be saved after death. The California-based research and polling firm defines born-again...
  • Obamatizing the Church

    04/23/2011 7:50:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 23, 2011 | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Just as Barack Obama wants to change what it means to be America, controversial author Rob Bell wants to change what it means to be Christian. The cover story for the Easter Week edition of Time magazine is about Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins. Bell, perhaps the most widely known of a group of young supposedly evangelical writers who emphasize “love” and dismiss the Biblical view of judgment/retribution (referred to in Christian circles as “hell), has prompted discussions throughout the church and, indeed, throughout a wide swath of American culture, about the meaning of Christianity and the basic theological doctrines...
  • Beware: Hell exists

    04/20/2011 4:25:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 29 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | The Washington Times | Janice Shaw Crouse
    Just as President Obama wants to change what it means to be American, controversial author Rob Bell wants to change what it means to be Christian. The cover story for the Easter Week edition of Time magazine is about Mr. Bell’s book, “Love Wins.” Mr. Bell, perhaps the most widely known of a group of young, supposedly evangelical writers who emphasize love and dismiss the traditional view of judgment/retribution (referred to in Christian circles as “hell) has prompted nationwide discussions about the very meaning of Christianity. Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Palm Sunday show to a discussion of...
  • 'A Massive Shift Coming in What it Means to Be a Christian?'

    04/19/2011 3:05:48 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 99 replies
    ChristianPost.com ^ | April 16, 2011 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The edition of TIME magazine timed for Easter Week features a cover story on the controversy over Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins. Interestingly, the essay is written by none other than Jon Meacham, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former editor of Newsweek –TIME’s historic competitor. Meacham, who studied theology as an undergraduate at the University of the South, helpfully places Rob Bell in the larger context of modern theology, even as he offers a basically sympathetic analysis. Meacham explains: "The standard Christian view of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is summed up...
  • Universalism – An Empty Hell, A Cheapened Cross, An Incomplete God

    04/16/2011 4:49:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2011 | Lillian Kwon
    Respected theologian Don Carson hadn't planned on discussing hell and universalism at this year's Gospel Coalition conference. But the subject became inevitable when Rob Bell's new book burst onto the scene, debuting at No. 2 on the New York Times' bestseller list. The research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill., is not happy that universalists are diminishing God's holiness, cheapening the cross, and distorting biblical truths. Though he didn't accuse Bell directly, Carson said the handling of the atonement of Christ by universalists is blasphemous. "I say it with respect, I say it with...
  • Is Hell Dead?

    04/14/2011 1:37:12 PM PDT · by ApplegateRanch · 27 replies
    Time ^ | Thursday, Apr. 14, 2011 | Jon Meacham
    [snip] Traditionally, the key is the acknowledgment that Jesus is the Son of God, who, in the words of the ancient creed, "for us and for our salvation came down from heaven ... and was made man." In the Evangelical ethos, one either accepts this and goes to heaven or refuses and goes to hell. Bell, a tall, 40-year-old son of a Michigan federal judge, begs to differ. He suggests that the redemptive work of Jesus may be universal — meaning that, as his book's subtitle puts it, "every person who ever lived" could have a place in heaven, whatever...
  • Rob Bell's "Love Wins" and the Biblical Doctrine of Hell

    04/09/2011 7:49:57 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 63 replies
    BibleProphecyBlog.com ^ | April 8, 2011 | Dr. Randy Alcorn
    I mentioned in an earlier post Rob Bell’s book Love Wins. I read it several weeks ago. It contains some good and accurate things here and there, but unfortunately its central message is in explicit contradiction to Scripture and historic Christianity. Oddly, Bell insists that he’s not a universalist, yet his book indicates that he believes exactly what universalism does — that every human being will ultimately be saved, and that none will experience Hell. To teach this and yet claim you’re not a universalist (just because you disagree with some things that some universalists think) is like saying that...
  • MSNBC Host Makes Rob Bell Squirm: "You're Amending The Gospel So That It's Palatable!"

    03/29/2011 9:30:59 AM PDT · by freedomwarrior998 · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 03/26/2011 | Greg Hengler
    Because of George Stephanopoulos' terrible interview with Pastor Rob Bell this morning on GMA, I present to you a real interview.
  • Who's in Hell? Michigan Pastor's Book Sparks Debate About Eternal Torment

    03/24/2011 6:18:23 AM PDT · by Flightdeck · 106 replies
    Fox News (AP) ^ | March 24, 2011 | AP
    DURHAM, N.C. -- When Chad Holtz lost his old belief in hell, he also lost his job. The pastor of a rural United Methodist church in North Carolina wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional view of hell as a place of eternal torment for billions of damned souls. Two days later, Holtz was told complaints from church members prompted his dismissal from Marrow's Chapel in Henderson. "I think justice comes and judgment will happen, but I don't think that means an eternity...
  • Who's in Hell? Pastors' Criticism of Eternal Torment for Some Sparks Fierce Debate...

    03/24/2011 9:35:50 AM PDT · by TaraP · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24th, 2011
    Methodist pastor who voiced support for a book questioning the view of hell as a place of eternal damnation is "shocked" by his church's decision to fire him. Chad Holtz, who served as pastor of the United Methodist church in rural North Carolina, said he hoped his personal belief posted on Facebook would engage -- not anger -- members of his congregation. Holtz was dismissed this month as pastor of Marrow's Chapel in Henderson after he wrote a note on his Facebook page supporting a new book by Rob Bell, a prominent young evangelical pastor and critic of the traditional...
  • Freep a Poll: Do You Fear Hell?

    03/24/2011 3:30:27 PM PDT · by Sopater · 109 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 24, 2011
    Do you fear hell? Yes. I am afraid my soul could be condemned there for eternity. No. I believe God's love and forgiveness extends to everyone. I don't believe in hell. I'm certain I'll be in heaven when I die. Not sure. I guess I'll find out when I get there.
  • Love Has Already Won

    03/25/2011 6:09:49 AM PDT · by Sioux-san · 7 replies
    MichaelYoussef.com ^ | 3/25/2011 | Michael Youssef
    As an Anglican pastor, I bear scars from the war with “universalism” inside the Episcopal Church. I also have endured the battering of Bishop John Spong and his effort to “rescue the gospel from fundamentalists.” And when I saw Rob Bell’s new book “Love Wins,” I found myself quoting former Yankee great Yogi Berra: “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” I’m the kind of person who detests jumping through hoops, playing mental gymnastics and arguing about what the definition of “is” is. That’s why I’m not going to challenge the book point by point as wonderful scholars like Dr....
  • Rob Bell, Hell and God's Love – The Debate that Won't Die Book Sparks Debate about Nature of Hell

    03/25/2011 8:59:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/25/2011 | Jennifer Riley
    The debate about hell incited by Rob Bell and his book Love Wins is far from dying out. A month into the controversy, two theological heavy weights are just beginning to duel it out about the ideas Bell raises regarding hell and God’s love. Conservative Christian defender R. Albert Mohler, Jr., of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, responded Wednesday to emerging church leader Brian McLaren’s blog post, saying he welcomes McLaren’s rebuttal essay. “Some theological disputes amount to very little and serve mostly as exercises in missing the point, if indeed there is a point. Other doctrinal exchanges are quite...
  • MSNBC: Martin Bashir’s Interview with Rob Bell (Rare Clarity & True Journalism on MSNBC!)

    03/16/2011 12:35:07 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Gospel Coalition.org ^ | 3/15/11 | Justin Taylor
    Martin Bashir is a reporter impatient with evasive answers. He even quotes from Kevin DeYoung’s review and asks Rob Bell to respond. Bashir gives his own take on Bell’s book: “You’re creating a Christian message that’s warm, kind, and popular for contemporary culture. . . . What you’ve done is you’re amending the gospel, the Christian message, so that it’s palatable to contemporary people who find, for example, the idea of hell and heaven very difficult to stomach. So here comes Rob Bell, he’s made a Christian gospel for you, and it’s perfectly palatable, it’s much easier to swallow. That’s...
  • Mars Hell -- Culture and Politics - Sex and Culture

    03/15/2011 8:05:34 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Blog and Mablog ^ | March 14, 2011 | Douglas Wilson
    Martin Luther once said that God reveals Himself in the contrary. Love is revealed in a man, contorted with pain on a cross. And an inability to understand how this can work is what creates problems for those who can find someone like Rob Bell compelling. Justin Taylor has a good summary of some of Kevin DeYoung's work on this, and I commend it to you. But my purpose here is just a little different. I want to point to the present effects of denying the truth about our future in the hereafter. The future effects should be obvious --...
  • Pastor stirs wrath with his views on old questions (says no hell)

    03/05/2011 11:00:45 PM PST · by OrthodoxKirkPresbyterian · 180 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 4-Mar-2011 | Erik Eckholm
    A new book by one of the country’s most influential evangelical pastors, challenging traditional Christian views of heaven, hell and eternal damnation, has created an uproar among evangelical leaders In a book to be published this month, the pastor, Rob Bell, known for his provocative views and appeal among the young, describes as “misguided and toxic” the dogma that “a select few Christians will spend forever in a peaceful, joyous place called heaven, while the rest of humanity spends forever in torment and punishment in hell with no chance for anything better.”
  • Universalism as a Lure? The Emerging Case of Rob Bell. New book gets people talking about hell

    03/06/2011 8:46:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/05./2011 | R. Albert Mohler Jr.
    As is so often the case, most of us first learned of Rob Bell’s new book by means of Justin Taylor and his blog, “Between Two Worlds,” at the Gospel Coalition. Justin reminds me of the steady folks at the National Hurricane Center. He is able to advise of looming disaster with amazing calmness. That is why I took special notice of Justin’s stern warning: “It is unspeakably sad when those called to be ministers of the Word distort the gospel and deceive the people of God with false doctrine.” Why would Justin feel the need to issue such a...
  • Emergent Church Leaders' InterSpirituality Talks Raise Flags

    04/18/2008 6:32:36 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 5 replies · 74+ views
    Christian (ear scratching) Post Online ^ | 4-17-08 | audrey barrick
    The participation of emergent church leaders in an interfaith dialogue raised flags for some conservative Christians who have been concerned over a growing cooperation of emergent church leaders with New Spirituality/New Age leaders.Thu, Apr. 17, 2008 Posted: 08:31:33 AM EST The participation of emergent church leaders in an interfaith dialogue raised flags for some conservative Christians who have been concerned over a growing cooperation of emergent church leaders with New Spirituality/New Age leaders. Prior to Tuesday's InterSpirituality Day panel discussions, hosted by Seeds of Compassion, Christian talk show host Ingrid Schlueter of Crosstalk Radio warned the public that emergent leaders...
  • Video spurs faith-filled discussion (Rob Bell Nooma)

    04/18/2008 6:24:34 AM PDT · by Terriergal · 7 replies · 884+ views
    Are you a part of life’s rhythm? Or do you march to the beat of your own drum? It was these and other questions that thirteen Butler University and Franklin College students attempted to answer Wednesday night, April 9, after viewing a video that is the 11th in a line of videos called “Noomas.” Grace Unlimited sponsored the event which took place at Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation, and promoted it as “an open, unpressured discussion of life’s big questions.” According to etymonline.com, “nooma” comes from the Greek word “pneuma” which means “spirit, wind or breath.” Rob Bell is...
  • Rob Bell makes me angry: a pastoral response to Velvet Elvis

    04/15/2008 10:28:04 AM PDT · by billiefan2000 · 6 replies · 94+ views
    Irish Calvinist ^ | 4-15-2008 | Pat
    BTW: Pat Abendroth hosts a radio show on http://www.kcro.com on Saturdays at 5 pm central time, it is a good show BTW BTW I wish there were more pastors like Abendroth here in the Omaha area ---------------------------------------------------------------------- -- Rob Bell makes me angry: a pastoral response to Velvet Elvis April 14, 2008 [Pat Abendroth, the Senior Pastor of Omaha Bible Church wrote a helpful review of Rob Bell's book Velvet Elvis] Due to its helpfulness and Bell's increased popularity, I wanted to include it here. It is a tad long, but I trust you'll find it worth the read…] Time...
  • Profile: Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Rob Bell

    03/24/2008 4:09:15 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 43 replies · 1,590+ views
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 3-23-2008 | Terri Finch Hamilton
    Profile: Mars Hill Bible Church pastor Rob Bell Posted by slangford March 23, 2008 00:00AM Press Photo/Paul L. Newby IIFull of humor: The Rev. Rob Bell, of Mars Hill Bible Church, lets out a big laugh as he speaks to his congregation on a Sunday morning. Bell works on a sermon for weeks, sometimes months, before he delivers it. "A good sermon will exhaust you and inspire you," he says. "You'll say, 'Whoa -- that's a full meal. It'll take me a week to recover from that.'" More photos The Rev. Rob Bell hops up onto the circular stage...