What We Talk About When We Talk About God by Rob Bell

For those open to it, I think Bell offers some fresh ways of talking about the way we see the world and what we think we know. And about how the way we see God in history impacts our actions and perspective. I would think it would be a great conversation starter for those who are not open to more conventional approaches to God and church. And that is no small thing.

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Library Haul: Religious Controversy Edition

I will confess something to you my loyal readership. I am having existential doubts about this whole blogging thing.  For a variety of reasons I won’t go into I have just been our of sorts and this has really undermined my blogging ability.  I just don’t feel like writing reviews. I rarely feel like I am having something unique and valuable to say.  I am distracted and having a hard time focusing.  I have been in a bit of a funk reading wise but haven’t lost my interest...

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Why be a Christian (If No One Goes to Hell)? by Daniel Meeter

Those of you not living in a cave, or to be fair not tuned into to either publishing or evangelicalism, are probably aware of the whole phenomenon surrounding Love Wins by Rob Bell. I never posted a review here because it was such a complex and constantly moving debate that I never managed to spend the time and focus I felt necessary to give it justice. Nevertheless, I read the book several times and even spoke at my church about it (you can read my initial take at Goodreads).  I also read...

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Why be a Christian (If No One Goes to Hell)? by Daniel Meeter

Those of you not living in a cave, or to be fair not tuned into to either publishing or evangelicalism, are probably aware of the whole phenomenon surrounding Love Wins by Rob Bell. I never posted a review here because it was such a complex and constantly moving debate that I never managed to spend the time and focus I felt necessary to give it justice. Nevertheless, I read the book several times and even spoke at my church about it (you can read my initial take at Goodreads).  I also read...

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Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell

Despite the fact that he lives and preaches in my home town (well, town I was born in anyways) of Grand Rapids, Michigan – and I have always heard good things about him – I was never a big Rob Bell fan. There was something about him that put me off a bit – a little too hip, the religious left type language and attitude, a post-modern sensibility, I am not sure. But I read Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile for our church’s summer book...

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