Monday, March 28, 2011
Posted by Joel Riley at 3:16 PM
Saturday, March 26, 2011
We hear examples of people who pick and choose scriptures they like and scriptures they don't like. We then hear how that's bad and why you shouldn't do that with the Bible. In that vein and in that light, I present to you this link for your consideration, regarding conservation of the Jefferson Bible. How many thousands of dollars have gone into this project? And is it worth it? What say ye?
Posted by everettg at 6:41 PM
Monday, March 21, 2011
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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Wednesday, March 09, 2011
SocialTimes offers some amazing TEDtalks (mostly) from the recently hosted 2011 conference. You can't afford to miss the "Can We Eat to Starve Cancer" in which William Li offers some startling insights into avoiding or retiring cancers by eating specific (delicious) foods.
Posted by kdc at 7:41 AM
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Posted by everettg at 5:14 PM
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Rob Bell makes a short, promotional video discussing the book, which can be viewed here.
Rob Bell's promotional video seems to suggest a kind of universalism to that seems to suggest many will go to heaven that aren't necessarily "Christian."
And then after the video is released, and a blog criticizing video is released, Twitter goes crazy about Rob Bells alluded to "universalist theology." "Rob Bell" was in the top 10 of most popular topics all weekend.
And pastors from other megachurches who are almost as famous as Rob Bell, took to their Smartphones to type with their fingers, that Rob Bell is a heretic.
John Piper, leading reformed pastor who has an opinion about everyone, led the calvary stating "So Long Rob Bell." (Ouch!). And then, Joshua Harris of I've Kissed Dating Goodbye fame chimed in along the same lines....
And then gradually, pastors from everywhere came out of the word works to declare in so many words, via Twitter, that Rob Bell was a heretic! (And so many did so that CNN did an article about it.)
CNN mentioned how Rob Bell isn't ordained by an organization, but if he was....WHOA NELLY! They would kick him by now.
All of this, without one person actually having read Rob Bell's book.
And I don't know which side is Rambo, but I think this clip should be a motivating force in this battle which really amounts to nothing...
If we are honest...it is the issue of heaven and hell that should be the hardest for us to swallow. If the idea of eternal damnation makes sense to you, then my hat is tipped to you.
As for me, I don't really know. I believe in heaven and hell, and that people will end up in hell. I just don't like it. I told my one friend last week that if I could, I would opt for there to be no heaven/hell, nor judgment after death, just for the sake of not wanting other people to suffer in the lake of fire, while sinful, selfish me is in heaven happy as can be because i did things the right way....
What i am complementing Rob Bell for then, is not his rumored "universalist" beliefs, but rather that he is making us look at the after-life from a Christian position all over again. Which is a good thing.
My ultimate question, is why aren't more of us looking at the most controversial issue of our religion (heaven/hell), and trying to actually engage the issue instead of settling with "Jesus said hell exists for people, and Rob Bell denies it and therefore Rob Bell is heretic"?
Let's talk about the issue and not the person. Let's talk about heaven. Let's talk about hell. Let's talk about how it looks to the world. Let's talk about whether some of us are using heaven & hell as a bribe to convert people.
I do not agree with universalism and find the issue rather naive. But i'm happy we're at least talking about these issues again. Let's just not cop out and say Rob Bell is a heretic so we don't have to engage the issues further.
Posted by Joel Riley at 11:28 AM