5 Things I’m Surprised I Can’t Find in the Bible — While the Bible contains everything we need to know, it does NOT clearly tell us everything about everything. Here’s a good list by R.C. Sproul, Jr., which points out five examples of things which are not as clear as we might wish.
Should We Baptize Small Children? — Another perspective on this topic, responding to an article by Trevin Wax to which I linked last week. I’ll be posting some of my own thoughts on baptism soon. I’ve been working through a lot of these issues myself lately.
Classical Rhetoric 101: The Five Canons of Rhetoric — I have found myself anxiously awaiting each entry in this ongoing series! This post continues the look at the five canons of rhetoric, focusing on the second: Arrangement.
Rob Bell Is At It Again — One of the most prominent figureheads of the post-modern church has a new book coming out. The preview coming from the publisher, along with a video trailer (see below), have caused many to believe that in this book Bell may finally be tipping his hand with a complete rejection of Christian orthodoxy, similar to the way Brian McLaren has done in his recent writing. Might it be too soon to make that judgment? For myself, I’ll reserve my opinion until the book comes out, though I feel that outright Universalism is the next logical step on the trajectory that his books, NOOMA videos, and preaching has taken. For now, you can read what several prominent evangelical bloggers have to say (be advised: you’re probably best to avoid the comments sections on these links):
I am grateful that much of the discussion (primarily in these last two links) has focused on the dangers of rushing to judgment, and urged caution against premature reaction to a book that isn’t even out yet. Still, Rob Bell has massive influence, and his heresy (if indeed he is teaching Universalism) demands a response from the Church. To that end, a session to be led by D.A. Carson has been added to the upcoming National Conference of The Gospel Coalition (see here), which will address questions raised by Universalists, which will likely include many questions prompted by Bell’s work.
Here is the video that has sparked such controversy: