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Challies, Rob Bell and the Kind of Love that Really Wins

9 Mar

There was an explosion of blog posts following Justin Taylor’s response to the promotional video for Rob Bell’s upcoming book, “Love Wins”. Since then I’ve been waiting for one particular review. Today Tim Challies posted his reflections on the book.

I’m not chasing controversy or provide Bell with further publicity. I think Challies’ review is worth reading because it provides a biblical examination of “Love Wins” . This is important as it is propagating a dangerous heresy and it will undoubtedly be read by some of your Christian friends.

“Love does win, but not the kind of love that Bell talks about in this book. The love he describes is one that is founded solely on the idea that the primary object of God’s love is man; indeed, the whole story, he writes, can be summed up in these words: “For God so loved the world.” But this doesn’t hold a candle to the altogether amazing love of God as actually shown in the Bible. The God who “shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8), who acts on our behalf not so much because His love for us is great, but because He is great (Isaiah 48:9, Ezekiel 20:9,14,22,44, 36:22; John 17:1-5).” Challies

Read Challies’ full review

Other useful posts on the topic

Desiring God: The Fairytale of Universalism

Phil Dunwoody: Keep an Eye

Denny Burk: Rob Bell Outs Himself

Challies: What I’d Have to Deny to Deny Hell

Take Your Vitamin Z: Rob Bell, Hell and Our Tendency Towards Idolatry

“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” 2 Corinthians 11:14–15

ESV Bible App and Son of Hamas Book

18 Mar

Two things I’ve stumbled across that might interest some of you.


Crossway’s new free ESV Bible App has many cool features which all work without an internet connection. It looks beautifully designed and is making me slightly envious of those who own a Iphone or Itouch. Download from Itunes.

Son of Hamas

Last year we mentioned the story of Mosab Hasson Yousef, the son of a leader from the Palestinian terrorist organisation Hamas who has become a Christian. Now he has written a book about his experiences and Challies concludes his review by saying  “This one is well worth reading. Buy a copy and marvel at God’s grace. Marvel at how God will go to great lengths to draw his people to himself.”

Buy from Amazon.co.uk

Mr Bean, Avatar and T-Rex

8 Jan

Prime Minister Bean

Mr Bean was briefly the Prime Minister of Spain thanks to a hacker.

Full Story from the BBC.

Haven’t we seen Avatar before?

I haven’t seen the movie and I’ve heard wide ranging reviews but apparently there are some similarities with Disney’s Pocahontas.

(HT: Challies)

Don’t be a T-Rex Christian


Final Festive Thoughts

28 Dec

These are excerpts from my two favourite Christmas blog posts please click on the links and read the full versions. The first is from Challies and the second from Desiring God.

“I suppose it comes down to this: we do not need to attribute to the day any extra meaning or any extra significance in order for it to be a valuable day or in order to wring from it its greatest worth. The greatest significance of December 25 is that it is a good gift from a good God given for our delight and his glory.” Challies

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“After weeks of anticipation, the Christmas celebrations have flashed by us and are suddenly gone. And we’re left standing, watching the Christmas taillights and music fade into the night.

But it’s possible that this moment of melancholy may be the best teaching moment of the whole season. Because as long as the beautiful gifts remain unopened around the tree and the events are still ahead of us, they can appear to be the hope we are waiting for. But when the tree is empty and events are past, we realize we are longing for a lasting hope.” Jon Bloom

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Responses to The Shack

7 Sep

Having encountered several Christians confused by the enthusiasm with which The Shack is reviewed or perplexed by its teaching I’ve compiled a few Biblical responses to it.the_shack_review

Tim Challies provides an exceptionally detailed review alongside a 500 word summary of the book and I am yet to find a better response to The Shack. It’s perfect for those who’ve read the book and liked it or for those wondering what all the fuss is about.

Mark Driscoll – for those who like their responses a little more spicy (good advice within first 20 seconds)

Mary Kassian: “The Shack contains terribly wrong concepts about God. Plain and simple. If you think it doesn’t, then you’re well on your way to accepting the image of the Christa on the cross.  In a few years, you’ll be hanging her up in your church.”

Probably No Dog

5 Feb

Challies posted a link to an easy-to-use Bus slogan generator which  enables the user to design their own advertisement in the style of the athiest bus.

The website’s orignal fishy pun.

There's Probably No Cod

I’ve got one for the Mission Committee to use whilst encouraging young people to participate in Go Teams.  

There's Probably No Dog

Have you got any wittier suggestions?

Hitler, Facebook and Uno

17 Nov


Hitler on the Downfall of what our American friends call “Real Estate” (aka property).

I am interested to know whether anyone else finds this parody amusing or whether you all think like my Mum who responded “Some people have way too much time!”.


Challies’ most recent “A la Carte” post alerted me to a brilliant post entitled “Thinking Biblically About Facebook” written by Justin Buzzar. A must-read if you use a social networking site.


Just another link as I’m afraid I haven’t had any useful orignal thoughts however I’m pretty confident that this piece of Christian satire creates an orignal idea- “I Prayed About It Cards“.