Was Jesus Controversial?

This article makes the argument that while Jesus was controversial, he wasn’t really controversial for the sake of being a stand out due to a conflict. He stood for truth, which would cause controversy no matter where he went. 

Here is the really interesting part: when truth comes in, no group of people at any time is left unscathed. As others have observed, since the redemption of Christ is a story for all cultures and all times, then no one culture at any point will encounter the Bible’s message without being challenged by it. If any group of people matched Scripture’s teaching perfectly, their culture wouldn’t need it. In other words, if Christian faith doesn’t produce awkward cultural moments, beware.

Too often we are very strategic in being “controversial.” We calculate carefully when we may get a few jeers, but we also know those will get out-shouted by the cheers we so lovingly crave.

Living in truth is just plain enough controversy.

Living in the power of the Kingdom is far beyond one or two issues, and certainly beyond a symbol I can put on my blog or on my Facebook status.

Kingdom living is power. It will bring LIFE… but it will at times also stir up “controversy.”

It’s tough enough to just live Kingdom, without the headache of calculating when I think I might get enough “likes” over some particular “controversy.”

We must cling to truth, understanding that truth is captivating to every culture. It can be trusted because it does not bend with time and place.

Let’s try the truth of the Kingdom and the power of our King. Let controversy just not be the big deal in our lives.

Rob Bell just…

… Actually, I have no comment… and honestly no care.

I just needed some blog hits today and having Rob Bell in the tag really helps.

Friends, there are just so many more things that are far more worthy of our spiritual attention and prayer.

Rob Bell makes me yawn.


Hell is Still Selling

Introducing in this corner Francis Chan with his latest entry into the foray and fallout from Rob Bell’s book.

I do not think having these conversations is wrong, but if I were conducting these interviews (be it Rob Bell or Francis Chan or Mark Galli or whoever is next out with a book), I dream it would go something like this:

ME: So tell me (fill in name here), what REALLY prompted you to write this book?

OTHER: Well, Dan, it seemed to me I needed a bit more revenue. I already have a large audience (or church or readership), so I thought, “Hey, I’d like that vacation home by the lake so I don’t have to keep paying for vacations every year.” So, I wrote the book.

ME: So let’s talk about your take on eternal damnation…

OTHER: Can I be honest? I was only stirring the pot. That makes money, you know. Just preaching the gospel? You kidding me? You need to kick over a few chairs, make some noise. I don’t HAVE a position. Ask me what I think right now, or just take a swing at what you THINK I said in that book. Go ahead.

ME: Well, Rob, it seems you are leaning more to the universalist side…

OTHER (Rob, in this case): WHAT? Did you even READ my book? Are you kidding me?

ME: Ummm…

OTHER (Rob, in this case): See? That PLAYS on TV, I’m tellin’ ya! Get in the face of someone and just keep asking more questions…

ME: Well, that about wraps that up with (fill in the name). Thanks for the time.

OTHER: No problem. Where’s my check?

(DISCLAIMER: Please note this is filed under HUMOR and tagged HUMOR. Deal with it. 😉 )


And the Hits Just Keep on Coming

I am not opposed to the conversations Rob Bell has generated by his book Love Wins. We need to have these discussions, though I don’t think they are going particularly well. We just have our problems with the concept of hell and wanting to wish it away. (A notion I’m not opposed to myself. But, alas, it is simply a notion on my part.)

What is so interesting is the publishing industry. Hell for the Christian book world has become what vampires were to the secular publishing world. All of a sudden everyone is taking up this subject. Because it’s worth taking up? Umm… not really. Publishers don’t take up topics for the sake of discussion. They have to make money. They take up the subject if it sells.
So, we have Rob Bell, now Francis Chan, and now Mark Galli from Christianity Today.
Publish or perish. (Modified to make money while you publish or perish.) And if you perish, at least there won’t be a hell to go to. 😉