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To why new born babies and stories of heroes and sacrifice inspire in us a deep reverence What We Talk About When We Talk About God will reveal that God is not in need of repair to catch him up with today's world so much as we need to discover the God who goes before us and beckons us forward A book full of mystery controversy and reverence What We Talk About When We Talk About God has fans and critics alike anxiously awaiting and promises not to disappoint. Many critics jumped at the chance to denounce Bell as a heretic after the release of his last book somewhat unfairly I felt and because of this they often missed the point Bell was trying to make Bell wasn’t attempting to destroy the idea of hell – he was just trying to make it ambiguousThat’s where this book comes in Here Bell tries to do the same with the nature of God And unlike Love Wins Bell’s case here is convincing The fault with Love Wins was Bell’s assumption that the best way to convince people of the ambiguity of the afterlife was to be painfully ambiguous himself The result was a muddled book that tended to meander and buried the point he was trying to make Perhaps in response to the misinterpretation of his last book Bell treats his argument in this book in a much forthright way as forthright as Bell can beBasically Bell argues that all the doctrines and hard line formulations we’ve made to describe God are insufficient to describe him Although Bell does not condemn theology itself he makes the point that the doctrines we teach only serve to describe a particular facet of God – not define HimInstead our theology should be grounded within our experience of GodTo elevate abstract doctrines and dogmas over living breathing embodied experiences of God’s love and grace then is going the wrong direction It’s taking flesh and turning it back into words The first Christians talked about the fullness of God residing in Jesus because the movement of that embodiment goes in a particular direction that direction being fromidea to skin and bonesfrom abstraction to concrete beingfrom word to flesh 149Before he sets into the meat of his exploration though he discusses the importance of two other terms open and both He asserts that we must be open to the overpowering Being of God while also recognizing that our language both articulates and fails to capture the true essence of GodIn this introduction Bell realizes the full breadth of his audience in attempting to provide a third way between the scientifically minded anti religious groups and the Bible thumping at times anti intellectuals in the church He breaks down the barrier between the secular and sacred The Jews had no conception of the secular and neither should we Rather there is a prominent spiritual essence that undergirds every single moment of life This theme reappears in a major way in the final chapterYou are on a holy ground wherever you are and Jesus comes to let us know that the whole world is a temple because we’re all temples all of life is spiritual all space sacred all ground holy He comes to heighten our senses and sharpen our eyes to that which we’ve been surrounded by the whole time; we’re just now beginning to see it 183From this promising beginning Bell proves that he is still the same thought provoking teacher he’s always been The meat of the book lies in three words each with a corresponding chapter with for and aheadIn God being with us Bell shows that there is thankfully no escape from God – he is present in all aspects of life In God being for us Bell reveals God as the ultimate meaning that has the ability to accept all of us In God being ahead of us Bell sketches out the trajectory that God leads us along as a progressive Being – it is we who are behindI have my usual ualms about his writing style – he always seems to be talking at you – and his failure to differentiate between ambiguity and nuance Therefore Bell’s attempts to find a Third Way are only partially successful He definitely falls on the liberal side of things if that’s how we choose to measure it despite the systemic problems with such labelsFor instance he does a lot to talk about the accessibility of God that may appeal to the non religious group without properly addressing God’s particularity That is although Christ has made God accessible to us there is still a part of God that is set apart from us For some people this would include the sinrepentance dynamic found throughout the biblical narrative but I understand Bell not putting that here even though it does undergird much of the last two chapters For me he loses the radical ‘God at risk’ element we find in his acceptance of usAlso Bell’s book falls mainly within the realm of abstract thought This would not be a problem if he did not specifically attempt to give practical applications in the last chapter They mostly fall flat as such but lead to an interesting discussion of how we should reformulate our sense of community in light of GodBut such critiues do not draw away from the impact of the total book As always Bell is compelling in the uestions he pursues Although there is a lack of defined theology I feel that this is what the church needs to hearIn many ways it’s funny The evangelical church began as a relational way of connecting with Christians in light of the hard line denominationalism of Protestantism at the time – that is too much doctrine But now we face many evangelicals facing the same problem with doctrine becoming an idol itself We obsess over secondary uestions such as the proper way to read Genesis in light of evolutionary theoryThere will always be a tension between the traditional and the relational aspects of Christianity At the end of the Pauline corpus in 2 Timothy we see pseudo Paul arguing for traditional forms of authority to help combat the presumable excess fostered by the largely Spirit led church through much of the first century In essence it’s the beginnings of Catholic ecclesiastical structure and it served a purpose at the time even though it faced its own pitfalls laterBell’s thoughts need to be heard and integrated into the Church’s own thought but not deemed the final word I feel he would agree His thoughts bring their own pitfalls and excesses to the table but to ignore him because of this would only allow us to continues ignoring our own faults 3 HighlightsAs per usual Bell introduces the reader to a plethora of foreign and ancient terms that we can continue to mull over like ruach or splagchnonBell has some pretty good thoughts in the chapter “Ahead” dealing with Old Testament laws Everything he mentions has been pretty well worn in scholarly discussions over these passages in the mainline Protestant tradition for years but it’s good to see a moderated liberalism being introduced to the evangelical sphereSome people like all of his little sarcastic remarks some don’t I personally love them My favorite was when he referred to Keith Richards as a premier “British theologian”Rating 45

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What We Talk about When We Talk about GodRob Bell's bestselling book Love Wins struck a powerful chord with a new generation of Christians who are asking the uestions church leaders have been afraid to touch His new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God will continue down this path helping us with the ultimate big picture issue how do we know God Love Wins was a Sunday Times bestseller that created a media storm launching Bell as a national religious voice who is reinvigorating what it mea. I am done trying to explain Rob Bell books It's impossible I am also done recommending Rob Bell books because I am somehow personally hurt when someone else doesn't like him his writing style his theology his extreme comfort with ambiguity Whatever I love him WWTAWWTAG was about 48 hours of sublime exploring and thinking about god He pulls in many themes close to my heart a reckless love for people comfort in seemingly paradoxical things uestions that can only have mysterious answers and a fundamental starting point in Jesus We are all people of faith it is just a uestion of what that faith is in Loved it It's not a theological handbook but it is a phenomenally approachable conversation starter and a deep sense of awe for our world other people and who god may be and how he may show up in our lives When I say I see Jesus everywhere I think of how this book FEELS And feels is the right word RB has a gift of poetic writing and vivid feelings Sure it may play a bit much to a spiritual feeling but god isn't going to be contained in any one book and this one is a fresh and makes you want to dance kind of inspiring If I recommended RB books this would be highly recommended

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Read & download Ñ What We Talk about When We Talk about God Å PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ï Rob Bell's bestselling book Love Wins struck a powerful chord with a new generation of Christians who are asking the uestions church leaders have been afraid to toucNs to be religious and a Christian today He is one of the most influential voices in the Christian world and now his new book What We Talk About When We Talk About God is poised to blow open the doors on how we understand God Bell believes we need to drop our primitive tribal views of God and instead understand the God who wants us to become who we were designed to be a God who created a universe of uarks and uantum string dynamics but who also gives meaning. Wow this guy is dangerous His writing just tickles our fleshly ears because he makes God sound just so well loving But the problem is that Bell completely ignores the holiness of God and the justness of our Creator He twists scripture to fabricate his own version of God that is flat out heretical BEWARE of anything this guy writes And for anyone that is still on the fence about him and his whole hell isn't gonna last and in the end ALL will be saved because God is just that loving nonsense Bell also just recently came out in support for gay marriage and homosexuality Here's a uote directly from him I am for love whether it's a man and a woman a woman and a woman a man and a man I think the ship has sailed and I think that the church needs to just this is the world that we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are I believe God is pulling us ahead into greater and greater affirmation and acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters and pastors and friends and neighbors and coworkersWow Scary Read 2 Timothy 3