Since I’ve decided that this is going to be my preferred medium to truly wrestle through many of the discussions that I find myself drawn to, I see no reason that I should not start with a question that has been plaguing me for quite some time. Is kickball better than wiffle ball?
As I sat down to write this entry, all the pros and cons began swirling through my mind, but as my fingers began to type, I was faced with one unequivocal and undeniable truth… Kickball permisses and dare I say encourages you to pummel another human being with a one pound inflated rubber ball.
Agree or disagree?
Just as many others over the last few weeks have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Rob Bell and his new book Love Wins, I too have been intrigued by reviews coming from both sides of the proverbial isle. While, admittedly, I land somewhere nearer the Reformed camp, I have close friends who would side with the Emergents, and I am able to see the good that they bring to the Church and know from experience their deep affection and desire for the things of Christ. I see this debate as nothing but good for the Christian faith. Just as Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code ignited a firestorm several years ago, so too has this discussion brought Jesus Christ to the forefront of the collective public mind, if only for a short time. I believe any opportunity that we have to dialogue and engage with both believers and unbelievers about Truth and eternity is a good thing. This has certainly stirred up a desire in myself to wrestle through and truly examine the theology and doctrines that I’ve been taught.
About a week ago, after reading Kevin DeYoung’s substantial and lengthy post-release book review (http://bit.ly/hwFmtE)
, I was inspired by his phrase “Bell’s Hell”. Whether this inspiration was divine may depend what side of the fence you are on. I wrote the following in about 10 minutes at the end of my lunch break. After some minor editing, I believe it is close to final draft. I hope this can be enjoyed for its punery and not taken too seriously, although there might be some truth to be found in there somewhere.