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No Wonder?

Since departing Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids,  and relocating to Los Angeles, I haven’t heard a lot from author and poet Rob Bell.  Last week he released a new video, reminiscent of his Nooma series.

In this video Rediscovering Wonder, we find Rob Bell strolling through some back alleys in what could be his local neighbourhood.

One of the interesting points about the video, though, is that it seems to be a direct response to his critics. Since the release of Love Wins in early 2011, Bell has sustained several attacks by his critics. The constant criticism leveled at the book Love Wins brought with it accusations by some of heresy, including claims of universalism and complete rejection of classic Christianity. I bet most of these people had never read the book.

While I didn’t necessarily agree with all his points in Love Wins, what I do recognise is that Rob Bell has an exceptional gift in communicating in person, through video and in the written form.  He is without doubt one of the most brilliant communicators of all time.

The last time I read of such criticism, and calls for heresy was probably in the Bible – just before Pilate decided that Jesus should be crucified.  Interesting isn’t it?

Whatever your views of the work of Rob Bell, this video clip challenges us to rediscover our sense of wonder and awe.

I’m not even going to try to come up with a poem this week on wonder.  There is no need.  This video about wonder and awe is pure and simple poetry in motion.

So what about you my friend?  What is your response?  What will you do differently to embrace wonder and awe?  Here or somewhere this week share your story.  It may just help someone rediscover wonder.

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Love Always Wins

Rob Bell in his book Love Wins addresses one of the most curly issues of faith – heaven and hell.  Bell asks the question, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?  Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is quite hopeful. Eternal life doesn’t start when we die – it starts right now. Really?

Bell has attracted a lot of criticism about this book and his overall theme of universalism – the belief that all people will eventually be saved, given enough time.  There are a lot of reviews, good, bad and very ugly about what Rob Bell has to say about heaven and hell.  It seems to me that most of the people who claim that Rob Bell is a heretic are the same people who have never read his book.

I’ve read his book.  I think it’s great.  I’ve asked these questions, and I still don’t think I have the answers.  I do believe God has the answers, and that God is love, and that love wins.  I have many favourite parts of the book but this quote struck me:

May you experience this vast,
expansive, infinite, indestructible love
that has been yours all along.
May you discover that this love is as wide
as the sky and as small as the cracks in
your heart no one else knows about.
And may you know,
deep in your bones,
that love wins.

This book really got me thinking. here’s my reflection:

Heaven on Earth

in between the now and the not yet
we live here on earth
waiting for heaven
where on earth is heaven

in between today and tomorrow
we live on earth
day after day, some days
seems like hell on earth

perhaps eternity
is set in the hearts of men
perhaps the kingdom of heaven
is within us

perhaps, just perhaps
heaven is a place on earth
not now, but here
sometime, someday

a new heaven and a new earth
one day, in God’s time
because God is love and
love will always win

Finally, here’s a video clip about Rob Bell’s book (by Rob Bell), view it, read the book and then judge for yourself.

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