Friday, March 11, 2011


This coming Tuesday, March 15th the new Rob Bell book "Love Wins" will be released.

If you have missed the firestorm on Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and the Web, this book, that is not even released yet, is already causing quite the controversy.

Bell, a known teacher and author released a video that would make one believe that this book will take a Universalist approach to hell. And of course, that has many mainstream evangelical Christians fuming! John Piper even sent a twitter post titled "Farewell Rob Bell."

I am saving my feedback and input until after I actually read the book

However...I do call DIBS on the blog title "Hells Bells" once the book has been released.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Because Jesus Was There

For Lent my wife and I are taking up reading the Gospels. We are reading through them together in the mornings and individually at night. So over the next 40 days we will each read through all 4 Gospels twice. Pretty great idea, right?

Well, today is Day 1 and we read Matthew 1 - 3.

What really jumped out to me today was where the Magi saw the star, followed it and went to worship Jesus.

So what? That doesn't seem very "deep."

Well, hear me out.

They didn't go to worship because they heard that the stable was nice.

They didn't go to worship because they saw a slick looking high-gloss poster at a coffee shop in Jerusalem.

They didn't go to worship because they were invited by a friend.

They went to worship because Jesus was there.

In today's world we try and make "church" about a lot of things. The songs, the teaching, the children's ministry, the greeters and the bulletin, when the reality is that if "church" is about anything other than Jesus, we have missed the point.

So that is my prayer for my wife, for myself, and for anyone celebrating Lent. That this season would be all about Jesus. Nothing more. Nothing less.