Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 | 2 comments
It’s time for our weekly look at what’s happening in the ministry world with my good friend Matt Steen and myself.
This week, we talk about all kinds of current events and happenings in the church and ministry world. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy while you’re multi-tasking today:
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Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” book resulted in a 3,000 member decrease at Mars Hill...
Posted on Dec 4th, 2012 | 6 comments
Former megachurch pastor Rob Bell, founder of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., recently shared how his 2011 book, Love Wins, led to a fallout with the congregation and forced him on a “search for a more forgiving faith.”
Bell told The New Yorker that the book caused attendance at Mars Hill to plummet by 3,000 people. According to the New Yorker:
“The book put pressure on the people around Bell, who found themselves having to defend statements they might never have heard, let alone approved,” The New Yorker writes.
“Congregants reported that friends and family...
Posted on Dec 3rd, 2012 | 4 comments
Just found this new book that just came out about Rob Bell. It’s called “Rob Bell and a New American Christianity, by James K. Wellman (who is a professor at Jackson School of International Studies). Here’s a preview:
It’s available now at Amazon.
Is this a book that you would read?
Why or why...
Posted on Nov 20th, 2012 | 6 comments
According to a new article about Rob Bell in the New Yorker… here’s the teaser:
In 2011, Bell left Mars Hill, in part because of the controversy surrounding his book, and also because he was becoming less interested in the rigid structures of a church. He now lives in Orange County, California, and is developing a faith-inflected talk show he would host. From a certain evangelical perspective, Bell’s life can look like a cautionary tale: his desire to question the doctrine of Hell led to his departure from the church he built. But it’s also possible that his new life will end up...
Posted on Jan 12th, 2012 | 1 comment
From Shane Hipp’s blog…
I learned when I become a pastor that it is a unique vocation. Becoming a leader in any profession can be a lonely experience. This isn’t always bad, in many ways it forces you to grow up fast. In time you learn to allow the loneliness to become a divine ingredient in cultivating depth and resilience. Over the years I learned to befriend it as a teacher. And as I’ve said here before, there is a difference between being alone, and being lonely.
When I accepted the call to become the co-teacher with a beloved friend it was a strange experience. We were...
Posted on Jan 9th, 2012 | 3 comments
Rob Bell’s last Sunday at Mars Hill in Michigan at the end of last year. According to MLive.com, the Sunday services wrapped months of transition for the church following Bell’s September resignation and subsequent move to the Los Angeles area to create an ABC television drama with ‘Lost’ producer Carlton Cuse, loosely based on Bell’s life.
It was in a final sermon in December that he shared with the church what he called a confession — his last message:
“I feel like I’m just getting started, like I’m a rookie, a freshman, a newb,” he told a gathering of several...
Posted on Dec 26th, 2011 | 24 comments
dear mars hill,
to all the brothers and sisters of this church
to those who have been here from the beginning—who remember the old building, who braved that one ten foot wide hallway, clogged shoulder to shoulder with people leaving the hangar to pick up their children who had spent the previous hour packed into oxygen deprived classrooms
to those who hiked through the snow and slush and mud that first day to sit on the floor
who idled in long traffic jams to listen to sermons from the book of Leviticus on blood and guts and fire and then to those of you who...
Posted on Oct 27th, 2011 | 18 comments
Mars Hill Bible Church pastor, Rob Bell told his congregation last month that he was leaving the ministry after 12 years of service – a move that has many questioning whether the megachurch can “thrive” without its founding pastor.
“You’re going to be fine. You’re going to be great. You’re not just going to survive. You’re going to thrive,” Bell told his Grandville, Mich., 7000-member congregation, according to MLive.com
“A church is bigger than one person,” he added.
However, Todd Cioffi, professor of congregational and ministry studies at Calvin College disagreed, the...
Posted on Jul 8th, 2011 | 17 comments
Rob Bell’s editor (and Senior VP at HarperOne) Mickey Maudlin speaks out on the book he helped publish: Â Love Wins:
As a young evangelical, I was socialized to see the biggest threat to the church as theological liberalism.Â But now I think the biggest threat is Christian tribalism, where Godâ€™s interests are reduced to and measured by those sharing your history, tradition, and beliefs, and where one needs an â€œenemyâ€ in order for you to feel â€œright with God.â€Â Such is the challenge facing the church today and what the reaction toÂ Love WinsÂ reveals. So...
Posted on Jun 23rd, 2011 | 8 comments
Southern Baptists recently called hell an “eternal, conscious punishment” for those who do not accept Jesus, rebutting a controversial book from Michigan pastor Rob Bell that questions traditional views of hell.
Citing Bell’s book “Love Wins,” the resolution urges Southern Baptists “to proclaim faithfully the depth and gravity of sin against a holy God, the reality of hell, and the salvation of sinners by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, to the glory of God alone.”
OK… I get it. Â Affirming hell. Â A good thing.