Rob Bell Would Make a Great Mormon

English: Rob Bell at the 2011 Time 100 gala.

I seem to be harping on Rob Bell lately (see here and here). If you’re tired of it, then be comforted. So am I. But I couldn’t pass up blogging about a bit of juxtaposition that I experienced today.

This morning I read that Bell had finally come out as supporting same-sex marriage. No real surprise there. Everything he’s said lately has been about the evolving nature of Christianity. Christianity needs to follow the culture, which isn’t actually what he says, of course. He says Christianity needs to follow God. I just think it’s funny that the secular culture knows where God is going better than the Church does.

Here’s what Bell said at Grace Episcopal Cathedral in San Francisco: Continue reading

Even More from Rob Bell (le sigh part deux)

A couple of weeks ago, I mocked the trailer for Rob Bell’s latest book. It was a self-indulgent farce that begged for ridicule. Yesterday he released another trailer. This three-minute video actually hints at what the book’s about. Too bad it’s not orthodoxy.

 

Here’s a summary: personal story, criticize traditional Christians, personal story, personal story, personal story, criticize traditional Christians. Continue reading

More from Rob Bell (le sigh)

Well, Rob Bell’s at it again. You might recall that a couple of years ago Rob Bell caused quite a stir when he published Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. At that time Bell moved away from the historic Christian doctrines concerning the afterlife, and embraced a sort of universalism that he claimed wasn’t really universalism.

Love Wins made him a truckload of money, but it cost him his pastorate. Not even his own “emergent” congregation could countenance this departure from the faith. If you’re interested in the last days of Rob Bell at Mars Hill, then check out this article from the New Yorker.

Now, he’s releasing a new book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, which I’m sure will make him another truckload of money. His publisher posted the trailer for the new book (I still don’t understand why books need trailers) on YouTube earlier this week. Continue reading