Thinking Out Loud

March 24, 2011

TSK on Bellgate

Filed under: books, theology — Tags: , , , , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:57 am

A couple of assorted Rob Bell related sentences from Andrew Jones aka Tall Skinny Kiwi:

  • Sometimes I wonder whether the Christian church in our western countries has become, quite regrettably, a book club.  (March 18)
  • Tweeted by someone else:  “More offended by the ugliness of the Evangelical response to Rob Bell than by anything he’s ever written.” (March 17)
  • Rob Bell at 18 months: Universalist tendencies visibly apparent

    “Farewell Rob Bell” has probably become the most famous Christian tweet of all time, even though no one really knows what John Piper meant by it. T-shirts will be made. Bumper stickers. The Farewell Rob Bell Bible?  (March 13)

  • Becky Garrison:  I am commending HarperOne for a brilliant marketing plan that got their product out there in a very horrible market.  (Comment on post March 13)
  • They [the new generation of Christians] will desire a view of the end times that moves beyond a Jack Chick hell, a Left Behind rapture, and a Hal Lindsay burning-planet-ecology. (March 17)
  • Becky Garrison (again!): I’d like to mention that HarperOne has a slew of books coming out on this topic – Evolution of Faith (Philip Gulley), Desmond Tutu (God is Not a Christian), Speaking Christian (Marcus Borg) and whatever NT Wright is cranking out…  (Comment to March 17 post.)
  • It will be interesting to see how they [Bell and N. T. Wright] differ, if they differ at all. I notice that Wright’s book remains quite unchallenged by critics compared to what Rob Bell is about to put out. Maybe its weaker theologically and therefore an easier target. (Comment to March 9th post).

Tall Skinny Kiwi.  Bookmark it.  Visit often.  A breath of fresh air guaranteed.  (But maybe Becky should get her own blog.  Oh wait…)



  1. There is an answer available to Becky’s question on whether or not Wright and Bell differ on hell.

    Tom says, “There’s part of me that would really love to be a universalist ….” You can find out what lies beyond the ellipsis by linking to a 3-minute clip of NTW being interviewed by the folks at 100 Huntley Street …

    I know that tease was not nearly as provocative as something done by HarperOne, but hey, they are professionals :-)

    Comment by Jon Rising — March 24, 2011 @ 9:55 am

    • Just noticed that the question was not Becky’s, but rather someone named Andrew on the Tall Skinny Kiwi blog.

      He could not have been querying as to Wright’s view (Derek Vreeland provides it in the comment directly above Andrew’s), but was speaking in anticipation of the release of Bell’s book.

      Comment by Jon Rising — March 24, 2011 @ 10:37 am

      • Oh my, Andrew is Tall Skinny Kiwi.

        And I thought I could read blogs at thrice the speed of textbooks :-(

        Comment by Jon Rising — March 24, 2011 @ 10:40 am

    • LOL – BTW, I wasn’t comparing Bell w Wright but simply noting there are a host of other books out on the topic by Harper One – got advance copies for Borg, Gulley and Tutu books I mentioned. They all look very accessible and much more substantial than Rob’s stuff. :)

      I blog on a number of community blogs which is why I don’t have my own blog.:)

      Comment by Becky — March 24, 2011 @ 8:59 pm

  2. I’ll just stay out of the way and let you keep going!!

    Comment by Paul Wilkinson — March 24, 2011 @ 10:45 am

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