I’ve been following this story since I got back from the gym this morning. For me, it started off with a post from Justin Taylor and Kevin DeYoung over at The Gospel Coalition concerning Rob Bell‘s forthcoming book, Love Wins. Little did I realize the theological storm that was brewing under the surface.
Apparently things started off with the trailer for the book:
And the twitterverse and blogosphere exploded.
Here’s my two cents:
While I do not agree with everything Rob Bell says, my stance on him has changed over the past few years. There was a point when I would have gladly condemned Rob Bell as a heretic. Problem was, I had never read any of his stuff. I was only going by what other people had said about him. Since then, I’ve been using the Nooma videos in my Sunday School class and I’ve read God Wants to Save Christians.
As Christian, we are called to make right judgments about things. In the case of a book that someone wrote, making a right judgment involves reading the book (go figure)! I think people like Justin Taylor, Kevin DeYoung, John Piper and Josh Harris are not making right judgments because the haven’t read the book yet. Read the damn book, then criticize it.
- Kurt at The Pangea Blog (another new to me blog) has another great post on the issue.
- A review from someone who read the book!
- TC at New Leaven
- Mark Stevens and Brian LePort from Near Emmaus