Rob Bell

If you’ve ever read Rob Bell,

then you know,

that this is how he writes.

His sentences are like shotgun blasts,

because whole paragraphs

are for old people.

But regardless of that,

we love his books,

and find them interesting

and challenging.

Read Velvet Elvis.

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  1. B-Rad says

    I love Rob Bell…I download all of the Mars Hill sermons, watch the NOOMA videos, and got “Everything is Spiritual” for Christmas. Yep, I’m really white.

    Brad

  2. B-Rad says

    Jon,
    I just realized I made an error. I love the new site and had never heard of the site that inspired this one. In my confusion, I guess my comments about Pastor Bell should have ended with : Yep, I’m really Christian. By the way: Do you know if stuffwhitechristianslike.com is taken?

    -Brad

  3. Prodigal Jon says

    B-Rad -
    stuffchristianslike.com is taken or I would have used that instead of the less cool .net.

    It’s some sort of christian bookstore.
    Jon

  4. RBerman says

    Heh. You’ve got his writing style down. I’m working my way through Velvet Elvis, and I must confess that so far I haven’t seen anything that I haven’t seen better elsewhere. I can totally see how he would attract a following, though. He’s reacting against real problems in the evangelical church. It’s just that his solutions introduce problems at least as bad. How’s that for a vague and sweeping generalization? Such is the life of a blog response post.

  5. Dollymama says

    The voice if dissent:

    My small group watched some NOOMA videos. I hated them. That guy tries way too hard to be cool. And makes way too many generalizations. Not for me.

  6. Shannon Smith says

    I feel like he writes the way he talks. After listening to his podcast, I read the books and can see the pauses. It’s definitely different.

  7. Brett says

    Rob Bell is a good writer. He’s charismatic, cool, and funny. But be very cautious of his work. He’s leaning away from the truth, its very subtle and very enticing the way he writes, but he molds the bible to fit his beliefs of the truth instead of molding himself to fit the truth of the bible. He’s entertaining for sure, just be cautious of what he is stating at truth, is it from the Bible or his mind?

  8. the thom says

    um, brett stole my answer. can i add the title of “possible heretic” in there as well? just wondering…

    bell comes across as very fresh and invigorating, but seriously seems to flex too much on doctrinal issues. in everything i’ve seen and read, he’s never even set foot near substitutionary atonement. i’m not saying he actually has to use those words, but he definitely seeks a hipper, cooler Jesus at the price of His holiness and righteousness…

  9. Miss Hannah says

    I agree with the “heretic” comments. Rob Bell freaks me out. ‘Velvet Elvis’ was one of the most enraging books I’ve ever read. The whole time I was reading, I just kept thinking, “Where did this guy go to school? Where does he come up with this? This isn’t even Biblical!” I like the idea of making the church more marketable so that we can reach more people. I agree that the church needs to liven things up so it doesn’t end up full of old (and eventually dead) people, but not at the expense of true doctrine. Rob Bell = overrated and somewhat frightening.

    • Olivia says

      Sadly, he went to Wheaton… :-/

      Yes, that is the same place that Billy Graham, Nate Saint, Elizabeth and Jim Elliot, and John Piper all graduated from.

  10. Paul Wilkinson says

    I got to know Bell first through a series of audio CDs of his teaching at Willow Creek. Only then did I get around to watching a NOOMA, and then later read the book.
    Given what’s in those longer teaching segments on audio, I find a hard time accepting the suggestion that Rob doesn’t buy in on substitutionary atonement. That’s the imagery we find in Leviticus, and Rob spent the first year of Mars Hill (Grand Rapids) going through that book.
    Having cast my vote on that one, I am concerned about his take on other doctrinal issues that have been mentioned in other places, but until I read or hear the offending lines, I’m going on hearsay.

  11. Betsy says

    YES! thank u. as a fellow writer who doesn’t really write, i notice that kind of thing. i also notice that he’s unintentionally (it seems) grammatically incorrect and it bugs me.

    but i do love me some rob bell.

  12. andrew says

    the rob bell = heretic thing is getting sooo old.

    it’s only those who have not regularly listened to his 45 min, verse by verse exegisis that occurs in his sermons – who get scared of Bell becoming a heretic.

    historical orthodox christianity does not equal most modern american christianity.

    bell is right in line with n.t. wright, dallas willard, gordon fee, scott mcknight…so many legitimate scholars.

    in the last 3months while going vs by vs through the book of PHL he has affirmed the bodily res, the trinity, and the scriptures as the inspired word of God.

    the cynics have become silly.

    kbye.

    • I'm Saying says

      "historical orthodox christianity does not equal most modern american christianity."

      Which is the problem.

      Read Heb 13:8

  13. Stan says

    Another belly-aching laugh generator.
    But then I read the comments – you guys really don’t like Rob Bell do you? Chill out!

  14. Chris Hollomon says

    Laughed a little too hard after that post. but the comments…
    Wow Rob B. a heretic? Isn’t that a little harsh, It’s comments along those lines that RB is essentially talking about. Also, I’m surprise anyone that would say that would read this blog and find it funny at all. I think that yes you might find some of his idea against your tastebuds, but I think most people feel the same way about jesus’s/the bibles own teachings. I think if you were to talk to RB and ask him what to take away form his book I doubt that the more nitty gritty stuff he’d lay aside, and he’d say we need to be weary of the Hate mongering and/or over political / bible bullhorn / Christian’s country clubism that is becoming oh so much more common. Driving more people away from christ, isolating the Christian culture in them, and giving more ammunition to those who hate us in the first place. RB has a better messege any day than the fools on any given TV evangelist channel. So now I’ll duck my head and prepare for the retorts to hit me.

  15. Amy says

    In his own words, RB believes the Bible to be a “human product”. When I read his defenders, I don’t see much Scripture quoted. Is it easier to take Bell’s commentary on how we should follow Christ? Or to go right to the source?

    Mars Hill’s mission statement says we should be working to reconcile the world so God would like to be here. Not our job. Jesus does THAT, AFTER we share Him with those around us (OUR job). Matthew 28.

    RB is simply another “works” peddler in slicker clothing. Christ first and only.

  16. Mark says

    @Amy, seriously? A ‘works peddler in slicker clothing’?

    From here on out, I don’t think anyone should be able to slam Rob Bell until they accomplish for Jesus Christ a quarter of the stuff he has done. Loving people, helping people, feeding people, clothing people, and above all, pointing them to Christ (yes, he does that! it’s shocking!)…

    The naysayers need to live out their faith instead of trashing Rob’s.

    • Jose says

      Fortunately God will not be comparing works when we meet Him. But He will ask if we kept His word. Not quite sure RB can say that.

  17. Anonymous says

    Jon, Malibu’s Most Wanted was talking about the url stuffwhitechristianslike.com. But about stuffchristianslike.com…they’re totally cybersquatting! It’s pointless for them to own that url besides their real one, stuffchristiankidslike.com (I’m breathless–what an elegant url). They must be waiting for someone to buy it…

  18. atw says

    RB isn’t THAT hip. Yes, he jumpstarted the Hip Pastor Glasses thing. But hipness is in the eye of the beholder. Even my parents, who totally go to a traditional church and are somewhat conservative love him. They read Velvet Elvis together after dinner and thought it was brilliant. (Then again, they also loved A New Kind of Christian.) They couldn’t stop talking about it. So RB is most definitely accessible (which makes me wonder how he can be branded a heretic!). Whereas I don’t think my parents would dig Donald Miller. My mom would most definitely not be impressed with Sexy Carrot.

    On second thought, though, my parents aren’t white, and I think both RB and Brian McLaren have a POV that breaks out of the white American cultural view of Christianity. Perhaps that’s why he doesn’t offend their somewhat-conservative sensibilities. It seems to me that these posts calling him a heretic may have something to do with a lack of connection with the language he uses to talk about theological things. It’s very different from the usual; but as one poster said, if you stick with him he is quite orthodox, and “historical orthodox christianity does not equal much of american christianity.”

  19. Jennifer says

    I enjoy Rob Bell. :)

    I think it’s important to read what people are saying–whether we agree with it completely or not.

    Just like instead of standing around saying everyone else is wrong and we’re right we should at least take the time to listen to their ideas and solutions.

  20. k8 says

    eh, his preaching is a little too self-empowering and “comfortable” for me. haven’t read him, and don’t plan to…

    • Taylor says

      I don't find him comfortable in the least. If you read almost any of his books, they're actually quite demanding, just like Jesus was in his teachings. They're radically different from what the average Christian in America is today (but actually more in line what Jesus' teachings than most), which is why most average Christians don't like him – because he points out that they're comfortable, and not really doing anything that would even be construed as God's will.

  21. Katie says

    k8, you should check out some of his stuff – the last book i read of his was definitely not “comfortable.” i didn’t feel good after that one; i felt like i needed some change. maybe it’s just me, but i’ve been listening to him for years and i’ve never thought of him as a feel good comfortable kind of teacher.

  22. Meghan says

    I somehow missed this post and just read it. Like most everyone else I laughed hard. Then I began reading the comments and stopped.

    I agree with Jennifer on this one. I have read Velvet Elvis and, as someone who writes and loves words, really enjoyed how he was able to present things in a different light. I find that I long for a new language, a new vernacular to shake me out of the “christianese” that I’ve grownup with.

    • Betsy says

      YES!!! I've been looking for this sentence for a long time in my subconscious:

      I find that I long for a new language, a new vernacular to shake me out of the "christianese" that I've grownup with.

      Can I plagarize that puppy?

  23. Anonymous says

    I grew up outside of church, and I have heard and heard most of Rob Bell’s stuff. He mixes truth with false statements, generalizes, etc. Most of his teaching is actually twenty feet wide and about two centimeters deep.(Universalism, Pluralism) He is just a trend like WWJD bracelets.
    Hands down, he just isn’t teaching biblically

  24. Anonymous says

    I’ve always assumed he wrote that way because it’s more like a blog. Part of that whole marketing anti-marketing thing.

  25. Anonymous says

    Velvet Elvis was fine but very innocuous. Rob Bell is still way too conservative if you hear him on a regular basis.

  26. Gallo Pinto2 says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rob Bell.

    Read Sex.God. too!

    And watch the Nooma videos.

    And listen to his sermons online.

    Amazing!

  27. Anonymous says

    For those posting that Rob Bell is a heretic… can you come up with specific examples that he uses to speak against biblical truth? Just because he phrases things differently than you’re used to doesn’t mean he doesn’t speak the truth.

    Way to go Rob! Thank you for all you’ve taught me in the last 10 years!

    • Alicia says

      Saying that Jesus might not be from a virgin birth, and that's okay..
      Saying there may not be a hell, and that's okay…
      Saying that we don't have to agree with everything in the Bible, and not everything in the Bible has to be true, and our Christian faith will still survive…
      etc. etc..
      Google "emergent church beliefs"

  28. Sheraline says

    I too, just read this because of the reference in a more recent post.

    For all you who can appreciate the challenges Rob Bell presents, try his newest book “Jesus Wants to Save Christians”… absolutely amazing. :-)

    Just had to add it since no one’s mentioned it yet…

  29. Rich Spear says

    Why have Rob Bell when you can have Mark Driscoll?

    Love his open-hand approach towards method ( modern tech, rock music, itunes etc) but closehanded on doctrine.

  30. Laura says

    Can someone explain to me the deal with Rob Bell and Mark Driscoll? They both have a church called Mars Hill? But the two churches are not associated? Can anyone help out a confused Australian? Thanks :)

  31. Anonymous says

    I totally agree with Amy. I'm going to the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta and one of the speakers in none other than Rob Bell. I kind of heaved a big sigh. Maybe I'll check out some booths during his alloted time.

    • Annie says

      You mean the one that's misogynistic homophobic, and promotes a violent patriarchal culture where unless you're a hetero sexual white man (like God is, of course) then you're shit?

      • Janice says

        If when you say homophobic, you mean that sticks to the Bible's teachings on homosexuality, then yes.

        Annie if you really felt like feces after MD taught what scripture says, than I'm not convinced that he or Mars Hill are the real problems here.

        • fellow canuck says

          I have to say I went to a service there, and the mocking of abused women (domestic abuse) didn't make me feel great about what I was listening to. The point he was trying to make (I think) was that the women shouldn't complain if they are willing to stay in the relationship. This in of itself is highly problematic, as it isn't that simple, however the cruel way in which the point was presented was even worse.

  32. Heather McD says

    This post was recently mentioned in a comment on yesterday's post and, since I've only been around for about a month, I decided to go ahead and read it.

    Honestly, I've never read any of Rob Bell's books (mostly because I think this writing style would drive me absolutely bonkers), but I've seen some of the Nooma videos and I wasn't really all that impressed. I suppose my problem is not with him specifically but of the current mindset of 'let's be hip and cool to reach a broader audience'. What's my issue? How is targeting only young people any better than targeting only old people? I'd like to see some real, true diversity in the church that can bring together many generations instead of causing this distinct difference between emergent (young folk) church and traditional (old folk) church. Shouldn't we pursue being one, unified body of Christ?

    Anyway, I don't know much about his specific doctrine, just didn't like the attitude that I saw (or the attitude it fostered in my friends when they began worshiping him and all of his writings instead of the One about whom he was speaking).

    And that's my 2 cents…

  33. Jan says

    Rob is a nice guy who does a lot of good humanitarian work, but his theology is way to conservative for my taste. Pluralism? Universalism? are you SERIOUS? I wish. He's a great personality and a kind person, but his message is just basic evangelical stuff where the ridiculous or less present, or just plain evil (sexism, homophobia, etc.) is avoided, but it's not contested.

  34. Casey Freeman says

    Yeah, I'm coming WAY late on this debate. However, I'm always leery of anyone to point a finger & call someone a name (ie heretic). Someone quoted him as saying that the Bible is a human product. Whoa, let's talk about taking something out of context. Maybe he simply meant that yes it is a fact that humans did physically write it. All of Scripture is God-breathed but He ultimately didn't not actually physically write it. I also don't think he meant that Scripture should be devalued b/c of this. I could go on, but be careful about your judgment of someone based on an excerpt of something he said. I saw him speak last night & he made several references to the Bible. He also often talked about Jesus dying on the cross & the necessity of that. Christians should NEVER be judgmental of anyone. That is NOT our job.

    • Tamela says

      You shouldn't question someone for calling a person a heretic – heretics exist. Period. Scripture says they do. What are you supposed to do, act like that's not true?

  35. Michele says

    Not only do I think he's off doctrinally, but his whole trying to be cool persona embarrasses me. The uber-glasses, dorky hair–how he plaintively whines his entire message–trying to sound compassionate, troubled, restless, Gack!
    His movies are often troublesome; "Bullhorn Guy" is so unbiblical. Does he realize every one of the apostles, prophets and Jesus preached on the street and didn't have "relationships" with their hearers? The way he makes the street-preacher dorky, overweight and totally out-of-touch, while he sits there judging him in his hip GAP clothes is super annoying.

    • C says

      Um, that is what his voice sounds like. I was in college with him and that is exactly what he sounds like. Not an act, just his voice. We are really criticizing his fashion sense and voice, as well as his theology? Wow.

  36. Steve B. says

    I'm another late-comer to this blog, but I've been looking into the whole Rob Bell debate for some time. I'm not sure that I'd call him a heretic just yet, but I do have some major questions on some things that I've heard and read, specifically in regard to his doctrine. I will give direct examples with context, cause it's obviously important (as noted above). Also, before I go any further, I will mention that I have more than a few friends who listen to Rob regularly and appreciate his podcasts, etc., for their depth and insight. I have not personally listened to a podcast of his sermons yet, but I have seen some of the nooma videos and the 'everything is spiritual' video, and read chunks of his books, as well as some youtube stuff floating around.

    My concern is not with Rob's faith; I'm not worried about his salvation. At this point, I won't go so far to say that he's a heretic, even if he does appear to say some things that are off of the radar according to the doctrine that I have held as biblical. My concern is for the message as it is received, specifically by those new to the faith and those who use Rob's teaching as their sole source for spiritual food and insight (the same as I would say for somebody who uses John Piper for their sole source, though he is much more grounded in the bible in my opinion). Points that I think are misconstrued or missing from his messages:

    (postnote: this became a criticism of Velvet Elvis as I was writing it…oh well)

  37. Steve B. says

    continued:
    1. Literacy/inerrancy of the scriptures.
    Source: Velvet Elvis, pg26, "bricks" (see books.google.com)
    Context: Rob seems to make 3 steps in this single page. He starts with a story portraying what he sees as an extreme example of doctrine (in 6-day creationism). He goes on to explain this as 'brick wall' faith, that if you take one brick out, the whole thing falls down; whereas Rob's faith is 'flexible' because he allows himself to interpret at-will. He continues by effectively giving an example of this 'flexibility' in the event of the 'virgin' birth of Jesus possibly never happening (as a 'mythologizing', or in interpretation of the word). I'm going to go ahead and say that that is a keystone; a very important brick. If Jesus was not born of a virgin, but born of a man, then was he conceived by the Holy Spirit? Was he not then of the line coming from Adam with the 'physical seed' of sin? Was Jesus then born into Sin? If this was just 'mythologized' by the gospel writer(s), then are they truly inspired directly by the Spirit (as John 14:26)?

  38. Steve B. says

    continued:
    2. Doctrine in general.
    Going on to the next page (27), Rob goes on to explain how God is bigger than (religion, Christianity, etc). Giving him the benefit of the doubt, I think he's trying to say that God is bigger than we'll ever be able to fully understand and that we put him into boxes at our own peril. His analogy of a tampoline (and how it's obviously more fun than a brick wall) appears to me as not really relevant. What he forgets to mention is that the Bible does give us truths about God that we can understand and hold true (that aren't flexible). I think his goal here is to get us to lighten up; but there is certainly a line to draw where interpretation goes from insightful to incorrect. Per his example of a letter 'defending the faith', are we allowed to claim that something we believe is 'right' against all other interpretations? I think that we are. Jesus was either born of a virgin, or he was not; it's an objective value–it does not change dependent on your perspective.

  39. Steve B. says

    continued:
    3. Doctrine of Sin.
    I have not yet seen a definitive acceptance and regurgitation of the doctrine of sin in Rob's works. If somebody could provide me a link or reference, I would be happy to check it out. Note an earlier link (http://reformedevangelist.com/?p=552), I see the same avoidance of the topic that this blog author mentions about Rob's "the gods arent angry" tour that he saw. Man was born into Sin via the sin of Adam, and without the Holy Spirit, continues to sin in life; therefore, God is righteously angry. This is effectively Calvin's 'total depravity'. This is kinda a different argument, so I will leave it at that.

  40. Steve B. says

    (last one):
    I suppose my point here revolves around how Rob is perceived by the way that he presents his insight. He affirms belief in the virgin birth, the trinity, and the 'inspiration' of the bible, yet by what he appears to teach, these are are not a Rock to stand on, but a flexible 'trampoline'; and he conveys this ideology to his listeners. I think that this is the danger. His 'hip' attitude and great presentation/speaking skills are great for seeking out the young demographic that hasn't responded well to traditional 'church'. I will give him that; he gets them in the door… but if it is at the expense of doctrine, then is it worth the cost?

    —————————-

    On another note, @Casey Freeman,
    "Christians should NEVER be judgmental of anyone. That is NOT our job."
    Casey, how would you view your statement in light of Matthew 18:15-17? I think the most applicable verse to this case is 1 Corinthians 5:12. Paul explains that he (we) should not judge those outside the church (because without the Spirit they can do naught but sin); however, if one calls himself a brother (or sister) in Christ and you believe them to be in the wrong, would you not follow the principle in Matthew 18?

    (I appreciate replies…)

  41. thoughtriver says

    I download all Mars Hill sermons, own Velvet Elvis and Sex God, watch all NOOMAS (and used to show them to my youth when I was a youth teacher). I dont agree with everything he says (sometimes I very much disagree), but he is an engaging minister of the Gospel and he quite obviously loves Jesus and the Church and Humanity. I have nothing bad to say about him.

  42. MRWBBIII says

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    FIRST THE CLOSE WORK WITH EMERGENT CHURCH MARK DRISCOLL FOLLOWED BY A 8 MONTH LEAVE FROM MINISTRY DUE TO ” UNNAMED PRIDE ..? ” NOW HIS DESIRING GOD CONFERENCE HAS NOTED HERETIC PROSPERITY GOSPEL MONEY HUNGRY MEGACHURCH AUTHOR RICK WARREN AS A SPEAKER. WHAT’S SAD IS SO MANY YOUTH OF TODAY PASTORS OF TOMORROW FOLLOW PIPER’S HEDONIST DOCTRINE OF PREACHING TEACHING & WRITINGS ! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH JOHN, COME BACK TO YOUR FIRST LOVE !!

    MRWBBIII
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJmkk1XjrGw

  43. Anonymous says

    i like that he writes like that. It makes you pause and think about what he just said instead of reading a paragraph and only getting bits and pieces of inspiration. Rob Bell is cool, and yes – read Velvet Elvis. :)

  44. Mary C. says

    This is so spot on with the way he talks!! I almost choked on my coffee while reading this!!

    I think Rob Bell's NOOMA videos are good, and some of his illustrations have helped me have a better understanding of God, and I think God is definitely blessing his ministry. HOWEVER I am slightly wary of him. From what I have read from the bible, I can see how some of his stuff may be slightly off. It does make me sad when I see people exalting pastors or churches or ministries above God himself, which I fear some people may be doing with him.

    My mom always tells me to never take anything I hear from a pastor or read in a book for granted because, no matter how great it may be, it's still all coming from fallen humans who will never have a full understanding the Bible. However, we should take what we learn and use it as a starting point to dig deeper into God's word…

    I'm not a huge fan of Rob Bell, but I won't say that I think that he is is a heretic or false prophet or whatever because I cannot see what is in his heart. The only person whose true motives I can see are my own, and when it all comes down to it, I am responsible for my own relationship with Christ, and that is what will matter when I get to heaven!!

  45. Caley says

    I'm currently reading "Jesus Wants to Save Christians," and I really like it. I grew up in a conservative Baptist church, and I was sent off to college in Grand Rapids by a stern warning from my father never to set foot near Mars Hill, but then I got to know an elder in the church. It compelled me to investigate a bit more.

    I have approached it with notecards and Bible in hand to check his references. There are some statements he makes that seem a little off, but I'm over 2/3 of the way through and have only come across three. They're not integral to our faith, either.

    The first half of the book was interesting. Then he started talking about the war in Iraq, and it became enthralling. I loved where he talks about entitlement.

    I've done a bit of online research and talked to people on both sides of the RB spectrum (and used to be on the very anti- side myself) and I must say that I don't think he's as dangerous as people think. As soon as I return to Grand Rapids, I'm definitely paying a few visits to Mars Hill.

  46. Ellen says

    Here's what I think:

    In Philippians 1, Paul talks about how some people have wrong motivations for preaching. (And this is just my own insight–I'd imagine if people were preaching Christ out of "envy, rivalry, and selfish ambition," they probably had a few incorrect and/or misconstrued points to their sermons.) After acknowledging this, though, he goes on to say that it doesn't matter, because the important thing is that Christ is shared either way.

    That's how I view Rob Bell. Though I'm unsure of my stance on him until I conduct further studying, I figure as long as he's sharing Christ to thousands upon thousands of people each week, both at Mars Hill and through his podcasts, things will be okay.

    • Justin says

      He is sharing Christ, but not the one of the Gospel. In his new book, “Love Wins”, he says that even if you arent saved before you die, you can still find Jesus in the afterlife and He can save you then…pure heresy. Id rather him not preach Christ if that is the message, gonna send a lot of people down the wrong path!

      • cody says

        Did you even read the book? I’m pretty sure I read it, and its sitting next to me. Im pretty sure he never actually said that. He may have let people assume things by his questions and broad statements, but he never said those words.

        • David says

          @ Cody. So why would someone who is ordained to teach people that Jesus died for our sins and asking his forgiveness and accepting him in this life is the only way to heaven, would make “broad statements” that would lead people to assume something that is not biblically correct? His calling is to teach people how to be more Christ like based on what the Bible says, not let them assume they can die and then get saved. Would you let your child assume it was okay to play in the street? Rob Bell walks a very slippery slope that boarders on being a false prophet.

  47. Cheryl says

    They started showing Nooma videos at my church and my husband was instantly uncomfortable while I thought he was being "instantly critical." And then I saw the "Dust" video. When he said Peter started sinking because Peter lost faith in himself (not Jesus), I almost exploded in the middle of church. If you're going to say stuff like,"Jesus has faith in you," it is CRI-TIC-AL that you bring up the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit as the ONLY possible way Jesus would have anything resembling "faith in us." As far as I'm concerned, he's a heretic. And yes that's harsh but I think it's called for here. Sorry for being "Debbie Downer" right now.

  48. Jazzi says

    Hmm…

    I think the Pharisees probably frustrated Jesus more than Rob Bell would.
    I mean, in the end, it's His opinion that matters most, right?

    But then again, that's my personal opinion. :-)

    I suppose, we'll all know in the next 85 years or so, eh???

  49. Paul says

    People don't think he's a heretic? I read an article about him where he was quoted saying two things, "doctrine is not important" to which I thought what? And he also stated that the first chapter of Genesis was not how God created the world. Why should I listen to a guy who tells me the Bible is truth…except for this part, or that part. If Genesis 1 isn't true, how could I believe John 3?____He's a heretic.

  50. Charles Ellison says

    Wow. I just read through all of these comments hoping to gain a better perspective on the issue of listening to Rob Bell. The only thing I have to walk away from this with is a reassurance that people like to spend their time arguing rather than spend their time actually obeying the commandment to "love thy neighbor." Seriously, people, go spend your time helping a widow clean her house or playing basketball with a lonely kid. Then you'll all stop asking, "Who is Rob Bell," and start realizing that you just re-acquainted yourself with your Savior. (Disclaimer: Yes, I'm a hypocrite. So either move on and ignore what I posted or reflect on its importance. It's your choice.)

  51. Mya says

    So with all this new controversy, is this post going to have to change to Stuff Christians Don’t Like Anymore. lol

  52. s.e. coleman says

    “we love his books” , I think not!! The latest, denying the existence of HELL!! I would say who buys this idea is following another “jesus” and not a “christian” at all. IS that what itchy ears want to hear?? HE IS A FALSE teacher!!

    • Devon H. says

      Just to be clear, he never denies the existence of hell. In fact, he acknowledges its existence as eternal separation from God. I’m telling you this simply because I know it means you haven’t read the book and are therefore judging it unfairly.

  53. c. says

    I’d heard the buzz about Rob Bell, and developed a great deal of respect for him based on his videos and what I’ve heard on the Slacktivist site. But I’m very disappointed to read this. Non-mainstream readings of the Bible? Deeply fascinating and informative. A system of faith that emphasizes love over fear? Appealing and refreshing. Using carriage returns to evoke depth? THAT’S blasphemy.

  54. Agarman says

    I just finished reading your book (that I accidentally stumbled upon on my kindle) and I am happily reading everything you have written. I am also trying to get my family on board, but I’m not sure if they “got” your post on five questions for the Noah movie. No worries, I’ll keep trying with the blurred lines parody, that’s what good Mennonites love–perseverance

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