Hell, Sharing Life, and Doing Life Well (A)

In recent days, I have come across three very helpful articles I thought I would pass on to anyone interested.

First is an article somewhat related to the Rob Bell and Love Wins saga. Trevin Wax reviews Francis Chan’s and Preston Sprinkle’s Erasing Hell. I love Francis Chan and am ALWAYS humbled when I hear/read him and come away with a greater love for Jesus. But I think Trevin Wax hits on something in his article that we need to be mindful of regarding this debate on hell.

Click here to read what he has to say. Here’s a portion that highlights where I think he is right on the money:

“Chan and Sprinkle approach this topic from an analytical, exegetical point of view. And like I said above, at the exegetical level, the book succeeds. But that’s not where the battle is being waged. No one is discarding hell because of the convincing nature of Bell’s eisegesis. No… people are following Bell because of the compelling way he has made his case.

“Chan and Sprinkle are analysts. Bell fashions himself as an artist. (It’s no coincidence Bell’s first book is Velvet Elvis.)

“Chan and Sprinkle are theologian-pastors. Bell fashions himself as a risky explorer.

“The power of Love Wins is not in Bell’s exegesis or in his thoughtfulness. The power of Bell’s book is in its aesthetic qualities. Bell is appealing to the sentiments and emotions in a way that proves effective for many disaffected evangelicals today.”

 

 

Second, Danny Franks is one of my favorite people in the world. He blogs here.

Monday he published a brief article about being alone vs. doing life together. You can read it here.

A portion:

“We were meant to do life together. We were meant to get our hands dirty in the lives of others. We were meant to get arm in arm and head down the road of spiritual maturity together. At our church, we do that in small groups. At yours, it might be through Sunday School or community projects or some other means. But whatever you do in life, do it together. Don’t do it alone.”

 

Third, and this will probably develop into a post all its own in the near future, is Michael Hyatt giving 7 reasons why someone should develop their own life plan.

Click here to read the entire post and to find out where you can get help from him in developing one (I started just this week). From what I can gather and read so far, this kind of thing will be a HUGE help for almost anyone.

His reasons are:

  1. A life plan will help you clarify your most important priorities.
  2. A life plan will enable you to maintain balance.
  3. A life plan will provide a filter by which you can say “no” to lesser things.
  4. A life plan will empower you to identify and address your current realities.
  5. A life plan will equip you to envision a better future.
  6. A life plan will serve as a road map for accomplishing what matters most.
  7. A life plan will help ensure that you don’t finish life with regrets.
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About pastormpearson

Follower of Jesus. Husband to Katie. Father to Luke, Seth, and Birtukan. Pastor of the First Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas.

Posted on August 3, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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