Unless you've been Rip van Winkled, you've heard of the controversy Rob Bell (of Mars Hill, Velvet Elvis and Nooma fame). There is literally so much out there on the internet, I don't know where to send you to catch up from your slumber--try here and here, I guess.
Of course, this video sparks concern:
What do you make of it all? Bell a heretic? I'll provide some thoughts on the topics of hell and universalism in the coming days. For now, let me remind you of a couple things: (1) Rob Bell's new book isn't out yet. Let that sink in for a moment. Do you think Mr. Bell, or more importantly, his publisher HarperOne mind the controversy one bit? Anything that generates passion surrounding your upcoming book, good or bad, is a plus in the marketplace. (2) People who know nothing of the theological arguments will be interested in this book because of the controversy. They may never have bought a Rob Bell book--but now they may, and they'll be drawn into considering all the debate. May not be a bad thing in the end, either.
While we're on the topic of Rob Bell... turtle neck and the thick rim glasses, dude?