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Bell's Hell

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My boss has read it twice; several of us on staff have or are reading it; many of our customers are too. It's #3 on Amazon.com and has been the subject of intense scrutiny and debate on the news and internet. Love Wins by Rob Bell may have the same effect on Christendom as the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The repercussions will be devastating, divisive and far-ranging.  I want to embrace Rob Bell's conclusions, honestly I do.  His gospel is much much more friendly than the Good News that I was taught and now believe.  There is no offence in Bell's gospel, no rock of stumbling.  He presents a beautiful, inclusive message.  Sin is not a fundamental and ongoing rebellion against God and His law. It is not a fatal flaw, just a hurtful, damaging series of wrong choices. Hell is not a real place and no one is going to suffer eternal punishment for shaking their fist in God's face. Heaven is not even a real place which is a comfort for those not intending to go t

On My Desk

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AM READING: I am currently making my way through Eric Metaxas'  590 page biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer . Utterly fascinating. I felt I needed a bit of roughage in my reading diet and this account of a theologian and spy is providing plenty of fibre. WILL READ: (as soon as possible) The Pastor - A Memoir by Eugene Peterson   One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp Love Wins by Rob Bell (not on my desk quite yet but will be soon) WISH I HAD THE TIME TO READ: (These all look SO good!) The Band That Played On - The Extraordinary Story of the 8 Musicians Who Went Down with the Titanic by Steve Turner Gray Matter - a neurosurgeon discovers the power of prayer...one patient at a time by Dr David Levy Little Princes - One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan Joanna Weaver's new book Lazarus Awakening - Finding Your Place in the Heart of God Timothy Keller's Generous Justice - How God's Grace Makes Us Just The Shelte