I concluded Rob Bell’s LOVE WINS last evening lying comfortably in bed. First to say, I did not end the book with any sense that I needed to write a critique of the book, or for that matter write some strong condemnation of his thoughts, questions or theological position. Do I agree with everything he says – that would have to be a no, but as a wise man once told me, when you eat a fish you don’t swallow the bones.
So picking through his thoughts I came to these conclusions:
1. Is it systematic theology – no
2. Does it raise great questions – yes
3. Does it provide some detailed answers – of course
4. Does it create hope – loved it
5. Is it filled with great illustrations of God’s love? – absolutely
6. Is forgiveness explained? – clearly
7. Is it an exhaustive discourse on the subject of heaven and hell – couldn’t be!
8. Are there uanswered questions at the conclusion – has to be.
9. Am I impressed by the book – very much so
10. Am I thankful I read the book – entirely
11. Would I recommend it to others – without hesitation
So if you’vre read the book I would love to hear your comments. If you haven’t read the book but you’ve taken an uninformed position I would ask you to read it and reconsider.
As I look out at The Church in North America I’m concerned that we continue to see people hurt, not healed in congregational life, people more concerned about being right than righteous, and that people put their opinions above Scripture. If The Church, which is God’s representation of His Glory on earth, is going to communicate the message of hope and love, then we need to be open to what He is saying to us, what He is doing in us.
Let me leave you with a quote from Eugene Peterson regarding LOVE WINS:
“In the current religious climate in America, it is easy to develop a thoroughly biblical imagination that takes in the comprehensive and eternal work of Christ in all people and all circumstances in love and salvation. Rob Bell goes a long way in helping us acquire just such an imagination. LOVE WINS accomplishes this without a trace of soft sentimentality and without compromising an inch of evangelical conviction in its proclamation of the good news that is truly for all.”