Martin Bashir talks about his Rob Bell interview

If you’ve seen the video of Rob Bell’s appearance on MSNBC with Martin Bashir then this may be of interest to you. The conversation is between Bashir and Paul Edwards but this time it is Bashir who is on the receiving end of the questions. He offers his thoughts about the Bell interview and his own impression of Love Wins.

It’s a great insight into the research Bashir did for the interview, the importance of truth-seeking in journalism, and — perhaps most interestingly — Bashir’s own theological beliefs.

Here’s the link to the audio.

Full Audio from the John Lennox NZ Tour

For those who might have missed out, I thought I’d collate into one post all the audio from John Lennox’s recent visit. You’ll notice that there is a common theme to most of the talks — however, given the Canterbury earthquake and the need to address the serious issues that came out of it, I think this is understandable.

 

Suffering through Romans: Part Four

In the first part of this series, I briefly sketched the historical and socio-cultural backdrop of the Roman Empire, its capital city Rome, and its citizens. In the second and third parts, I surveyed the theme of suffering in Romans within the wider of context of Pauline theology. In this final part, I will move on to our appropriate response to suffering in the present, and some thoughts on what application we can draw from this thematic exploration. Read more

Defending the God of the Old Testament

Matt has posted his review of Paul Copan’s new book Is God a Moral Monster?:

“Overall, Paul Copan’s Is God a Moral Monster? is a must read for anyone interested in Old Testament ethics. It brings together important material that is otherwise scattered and demonstrates how this material responds to a line of moral criticism that has, by and large, been neglected by Christian philosophers until now.  Read more

God is wrathful because God is love

“I used to think that wrath was unworthy of God. Isn’t God love? Shouldn’t divine love be beyond wrath? God is love, and God loves every person and every creature. That’s exactly why God is wrathful against some of them. My last resistance to the idea of God’s wrath was a casualty of the war in the former Yugoslavia, the region from which I come. According to some estimates, 200,000 people were killed and over 3,000,000 were displaced. My villages and cities were destroyed, my people shelled day in and day out, some of them brutalized beyond imagination, and I could not imagine God not being angry. Or think of Rwanda in the last decade of the past century, where 800,000 people were hacked to death in one hundred days! How did God react to the carnage? By doting on the perpetrators in a grandfatherly fashion? By refusing to condemn the bloodbath but instead affirming the perpetrators’ basic goodness? Wasn’t God fiercely angry with them? Though I used to complain about the indecency of the idea of God’s wrath, I came to think that I would have to rebel against a God who wasn’t wrathful at the sight of the world’s evil. God isn’t wrathful in spite of being love. God is wrathful because God is love.”

Miroslav Volf, quoted by Dr. Christopher Wright in The God I Don’t Understand, p. 131

Suffering through Romans: Part Three

In the first part of this series I briefly sketched the historical and socio-cultural backdrop of the Roman Empire, its capital city Rome, and its citizens. In the second part I surveyed this theme in Romans within the wider of context of Pauline theology. In this third part I will cover the scope of suffering.

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Love Actually

Doug Wilson:

“Rob Bell believes that hell is what we create when we reject God’s love. Amen. But I would want to add the absolutely critical proviso that this love of God (that is so rejected) must be defined as He defines it in the Bible, and not as we would wish it might be defined in our Big Rock Candy Mountain versions of Heaven. Read more

Rob Bell defends his book on MSNBC

Martin Bashir does a good job of asking the right questions and getting to the heart of the issue in the controversy about Bell’s new book Love Wins.

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The review that Bashir refers to is the excellent response written by Kevin DeYoung.

The Difference Between Christianity and Other Religions

Stuart has drawn our attention to the fact that unlike some religions, Christianity is open to investigation and rational inquiry. Here is a great simple illustration of why that is the case by C Michael Patton from the Parchment & Pen blog. Read more

New Atheism and the Canaanite Campaign

Clay Jones:

“The problem with new atheist divine genocide claims is rather simple: God hates sin, but the new atheists do not.” (Killing the Canaanites: A Response to the New Atheism’s “Divine Genocide” Claims, Christian Research Journal, 33:4, 2010).

Read the whole article online here.

Suffering through Romans: Part Two

In the first part of this series I briefly sketched the historical and socio-cultural backdrop of the Roman Empire, its capital city Rome, and its citizens. In this second part I will survey this theme in Romans within the wider of context of Pauline theology. Read more