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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


Top Posts of 2009

31 Dec

These are the ten posts that attracted the most hits on Another King in the past year.

10. Airdrie, Love Story and More

9. Summer Caption Competition

8. Senior Camp 2009

7. Milford Go Team 2008

6. Probably No Dog

5. Enniskillen Go Team 2009

4. Summer Loving, Status Updates and Snakes

3. Belfast Marathon 2009 Preview

2. Belfast Marathon 2009

1. How to fail School Exams with Dignity…

What was your favourite post of the year?

No Line on the Horizon Review

16 Mar

alirollestonGuest writer Alistair Rolleston with the first part of a double album review.

“‘If this isn’t our best album, we’re irrelevant’

Oh dear, dear Bono. In future let’s not be so hasty in making comments, shall we?

I think I need to apologise. Many are not going to like this review. Why? Because many people out there are U2 fans. This is a good thing. It shows that people in this world still have decent taste. It allows me to retain my shred of hope in humanity. Sometimes that’s no easy thing, let me tell you. So let me get this over with now, before I digress further.

This album is simply dire.


Album cover

It pains me to say that, it really does. I am a die hard U2 fan, I inherited that from my mother. U2 to date have released 14 studio albums, and in there, there are some gems. I am a U2 fan in every sense of the word. I have their albums, I have their posters (literally) stuck on my wall. In my humble opinion they are the greatest rock band the world has ever seen. I’m a wee bit ashamed to think they created this album.

Some of the tracks are catchy. The driven guitar of “Get on your boots” and “stand up comedy” certainly grab attention, but Bono’s lyrics fail to hold it. Bono is perhaps at his strongest lyrically on “White as Snow”, which is good because there’s precious little else in the track to divert your attention from the words (not that that’s a bad thing).

The album does pick up in places and there are some stand-out tracks. “Moment of Surrender” and “Magnificent” are perhaps the two strongest tracks on the album, with the former being about as close to a slow ballad as I feel the album gets, the latter being the a love song of sorts. Unfortunately Brian Eno saw fit to place these two tracks together on the album, so this moment of mild genius is short lived, and is rather unfortunately followed by “Unknown Caller”, a song in which the chorus requires the vocal range of a teaspoon and just sounds like a chant. It began to irritate me on the first listen through, which is never a good sign.

If you asked me to simply review this album without knowing who had created it, I may have said it was a half decent effort. By U2 shouldn’t be producing half decent albums. They’re one of a few bands in a world who have to produce consistent greatness, and that I feel is a great burden on their shoulders.

I sincerely hope this is not U2’s last album, it would be an abysmal way for them to bow out of music. For those of you out there who do not know much about U2, I offer this piece of advice. If you take the trip to your local music store, and are looking at the latest U2 album, stop and think for a moment. Look past that album, to the ones behind it. There you will see a rather odd look black covered album entitled “The Joshua Tree”. Pick it up, and take it to the till instead. Because THAT, that is an album of the like the world had not heard before or has since. If you have not heard U2 before, that is the album for you. That will show you what they are capable of, what they have achieved, and hopefully what they will at some point achieve again. If you are a U2 fan, sure, buy this album. You may be, as I am, disappointed with it, but at least you won’t write them off on the basis of this.

Or, better idea, you could buy…”

Find out Alistair’s alternative suggestion of an album to purchase in the second installment coming later this week.

U2- Reviews, Anticipation and the Roof

28 Feb

The Times, Telegraph and Guardian have all got in on the act with reviews of U2’s upcoming album. Somehow Another King’s advanced copy has either been lost in the post or misplaced but don’t worry we won’t be holding this against Bono and his cronies. We hope to repeat the old trick of importing some musical expertise in the form of guest writer Alistair Rolleston and bring you a review of “No Line on the Horizon” in the near future.


U2 on the Roof of Broadcasting House