As much as getting a mansion on the hillside is compelling, the idea of spending eternity worshipping a God who is selectively compassionate towards the people who are supposed to be his children is more than a little off-putting. Much more compelling is the idea that God is the ultimate expression of love and inclusion – that there is limitless grace and mercy – that God welcomes people whether they spent his riches on hookers and booze or not.
“Don’t turn your speculation into dogma.” // Rob Bell Rob Bell has brought me out of hiding. I have been following the firestorm that has erupted surrounding Rob Bell’s latest (to-be-released-tomorrow) book, “Love Wins,” since one pastor was moved to simply tweet, “Farewell, Rob Bell.” At issue is the charge that Rob is a “universalist” … Continue reading out of hiding
All around me, people are engaged in pursuits. Personal ventures. Journeys. Marathons. Self-discovery. Truth. These are the well-known pursuits. These are the ones that we have come to expect. The thirty-something has pride on the line as he dons his iPod and prepares for the half-marathon. It says, “I’ve still got it.” Somewhere there’s a … Continue reading community-ish
A couple of weeks ago, as is my ritual most Sunday mornings, I rolled out of bed and wandered off to