Monthly Archives: March 2011
Below are five outdated quotations. One day, we will sound like this too if we keep tucking our tails between our legs every time a great idea comes along….
“The photograph is of no commercial value.”
-Thomas Edison, remarking on his own invention in 1880.
“There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom.”
-Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize winner in physics, 1920.
“It is an idle dream to imagine that automobiles will take the place of railways in the long distance-movement of passengers.”
-American Road Congress, 1913.
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.”
-Thomas J. Watson Sr., chairman of IBM, 1943.
“There is reason no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.”
-Ken Olsen, president of Digital Equipment Corporation, 1977.
Taken from Hans Finzel, The Top Ten Mistakes Leader Make. p.82, who was quoting Joel Barker, Future Edge.
If you know me, you know that I have an insatiable appetite for reading books. Some of you have also heard that I have recently converted to doing all my future reading electronically. This has come as a surprise to many of you, and believe me…me too. In case I didn’t mention, I LOVE books. There is absolutely no replacement (yet) for the look and feel of a soft page, the shape of a perfectly-sized novel resting in your palms, and the addictive smell of the printing press! I’m not making a case against those things, because I miss them too, and I hear you loud and clear: an e.book simply cannot replicate certain characteristics of a slice of fine paper. I just want to point out a few notable attributes of an e.book that cannot be replicated by paper copies. And as one who makes part of his living by reading, studying, and teaching, I find all of these elements invaluable, hence, my recent conversion to the glory of the e.book.
- I can buy any e.book, anywhere, anytime, for half the price.
- I can carry all of my e.books everywhere (hundreds), in an iPad or Kindle that is thinner than its paper counterpart.
- I don’t have to deal with wear-and-tear (important if you’re OCD!!)
- I can copy and paste
- I can do a word search anywhere within an e.book and have it take me to the page where the word is found
- I can adjust the text size so that I don’t have to use my reading glasses
- I can read in the dark
- I can enter any word into the built in dictionary and have the definition pop up on the page without ever leaving my spot
- I can stand my e.reader up without trying to keep the binding open
- I can sync my e.book with hundreds of others who have read the same to see where everyone else has underlined or highlighted
I’m not trying to convert anyone. I’m just reasoning that if the only unique feature of a “real” book is the experience of holding real paper, than I will gladly forego that single experience for these 10 new experiences.
Let the record show, that I have successfully been woo’ed.
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That was the flavor I came away with after reading Rob Bell’s controversial new book, entitled, Love Wins.
There are plenty of reviews out there, some of them scathing and thorough, and some of them merciful and open by people I admire. So I do not need to post a long, point-by-point explanation here when others have done so. Instead, I will post four short reasons why I will not be recommending the book, with short quotes of context behind them, for all you tweet-length attention spans out there ;-)
At the end of the day, I am not afraid of anyone else’s book, or theological thoughts, and welcome you to read the book for yourself.
- The book is unabashedly universalistic (everyone gets saved).
“All will be reconciled to God” – R. Bell (p.62)
- The book is able to be universalistic, because it seems to ignore God’s holiness, wrath, justice, and judgment. The incentive for being saved is not “We are sinners who have offended a holy God, and need to be reconciled to Him, but that we must be…
“Learning how to be human all over again” -R. Bell (p.33)
- The book seems to portray God as “a smitten schoolboy,” rather than a holy God who hates sin.
“God’s love will eventually melt even the hardest of hearts” -R. Bell (p.62)
- It feels like Rob Bell simply has baggage with Hell (totally understandable, I do too), however, he has gone so far as to reshape this doctrine to be more palatable.
“This kind of God is simply devastating” – R. Bell (p.96)
I know the question you are all waiting to be answered: what does he believe about Hell?
In a nutshell, here is his description of Hell,
“Hell is our refusal to trust God’s retelling of our story” R. Bell (p.94)
Really? What if Rob is wrong? What if I refrain from preaching (in love and compassion) about the awfulness of sin, and the consequences of rejecting Christ, in place of a more universalistic presentation inviting all religions to simply worship their own form of “God”, and I turn out to be wrong??
That’s all I’m asking. Along with the past two thousand years of Christian history.
A first hand view of the destructive power of the Tsunami that hit Sendai, Japan (Not to mention the 8.9 earthquake that came before). Here is another graphic article by the Guardian News.
Please pray for Japan.
Especially for the Christians who make up less than 1% of the population to be filled with love, compassion, and Spirit-filled mission in what remains of their home towns.
Here are two ways we often approach worship in a gathered setting:
- We are singing in order to fill up space
- We are singing to prepare our hearts for the preaching
I disagree with both. Here is why…
- Worship is not a preview (singing) to a movie (sermon) that we can’t wait to hear and see. Worship is the central reason why we exist, and why we gather together. All else is circumference, and all else serves the end goal of worshipping God. [Update: I understand that all aspects of a corporate gathering are meant to be worshipful, including the sermon; I’m speaking here specifically about worship through singing. We worship through the sermon by listening, but we worship through singing by responding to what was done in our hearts by the sermon]
- Worship is not meant to prepare our hearts for the Word of God. Rather, the Word of God is meant to prepare our hearts to worship! God reveals Himself to us so that we can respond to Him. This response is called “worship!”
When was the last time you responded to something God has revealed?
Imagine that you are under an unmanageable weight of financial debt that you are unable to support, and because of this you are driven further into despair simply by waking up.
Now image two things happening…
- Some stranger paying off all of your creditors in full, rendering you debt free.
- That stranger then deposits $10,000,000 in your savings account, making you rich.
Do you see the difference between these two? The first one declares you debt-free and forgiven, however, you are still broke!
But the second one not only declares you forgiven from the debt-removal, it then declares you rich!
In the same way, God doesn’t just forgive you (thereby making you debt-free), he also deposits to your spiritual account the wealth of Christ’s righteous performance, making you approved in his sight! This is exactly what Paul was saying to the Corinthians…
You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9 (NLT)
Justification then is this: Jesus is given the wrath that you deserved for screwing up, so that you could be given the blessings that He deserved for being perfect.