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Monthly Archive for March, 2011

The Eternity of Hell

One of the major objections that people raise with regard to the doctrine of hell is that it is unjust to punish for eternity for only a lifetime of sins (75 yrs give or take). I wanted to note a few things in response.
First, that is not an exegetical argument. Scripture is our final authority [...]

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These are all still preliminary comments about all the activity I see surrounding Rob Bell’s new book, Love Wins. Many people seem confused as to why there would be such an impassioned defense of the doctrine of hell. Why do people love this doctrine so much? Here is my attempt at an asnwer.
IF the traditional doctrine of [...]

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Continuing my review of Mars Hill’s clarifying statements.
Does Love Wins promote Universalism?
No. Rob isn’t suggesting Universalism [all will be saved, regardless of their faith]. He is proposing that God’s love is so big that the invitation to God’s grace may extend into the next life so that all could be saved.
Atctually, this is a form of [...]

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Continuing my review of the clarifying statement from Bell’s church:
What does Love Wins say about heaven and hell?
Love Wins recognizes heaven and hell to be realities all around us. We see hell everyday through the atrocities of war, famine, human trafficking, broken relationships, and abuse. We also see heaven all around us through acts of love, [...]

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Mars Hill Church, where Rob Bell is pastor, has issued some clarifying statements regarding his new book. I wanted to comment briefly on some things.
Does Love Wins affirm that Jesus is the only way by which we are saved?
Yes. Love Wins is clear, our only hope for reconciliation with God is found in Jesus alone [...]

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I have been watching some of the controversy about Rob Bell’s new book as it unfolded and I have a number of thoughts. The first post, as well as this one are just some miscelaneous thoughts before I get to the substance of my disagreement with Mr. Bell.
Much of the furor ha surrounded whether Justin was right [...]

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This seems like a good definition of what seems to have happened over the last few weeks regarding the release of Rob Bell’s new book Love Wins. There have been some people who have criticized Bell’s book. But then supporters of Bell criticize those who criticize. Some of the most judgmental people in the world [...]

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A Noble Task

1 Timothy 3:1-13 both begins and ends with a statement praising the offices of elder and deacon. “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” and “those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.”
We live [...]

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