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1   Chris L
April 22nd, 2011 at 9:18 am

Maybe I should have gone with this today:

2   Christian P
April 22nd, 2011 at 10:42 am

For the global warming video, salt actually does make some things seem sweeter. Just saying.

3   Chris L
April 22nd, 2011 at 10:55 am

Thought this was interesting:

4   Brendt Waters
April 22nd, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Chris, thank you for renewing my interest in The Hobbit. Maybe shooting it in the already-yawn-inducing “technology” of 3-D won’t totally ruin it after all.

5   Chris L
April 28th, 2011 at 11:23 am

6   Rick Frueh    
April 28th, 2011 at 11:43 am

#5 – The theme:

Do you know?

The implication: No one can know. Another implication: If you long for something that might impact truth.

Nebulous ambiguousness. And if we cannot know in general what eternity holds, and if we cannot know with certainty the path to eternal life, then what do we really know?

Again, I guess we can talk about what we really cannot know. But it is very avant-garde spiritually, but essentially cryptic and opaque.

7   Chris L
April 28th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

And if we cannot know in general what eternity holds, and if we cannot know with certainty the path to eternal life, then what do we really know?

We don’t know what tomorrow holds, so why fret over (and sell) eternity when the Kingdom of God is at hand … today?

Let’s see… Jesus and his disciples don’t explicitly describe the afterlife, but spend an awful lot of time talking explicitly about how we should love God and love our neighbor and all sorts of other stuff we can do today.

Well, obviously, then, they want us to use eternity as the primary (nay, *only*) selling point of the Gospel.


(and we do know – with certainty – that the path to eternal life begins today with Jesus, not someday when you die…)

8   Rick Frueh    
April 28th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

In the end, brother, its ALL about eternity. One day that will be abundantly clear.

9   Christian P
April 28th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

That interview solidifies in my mind that the problem for Bell is how he communicates. People who grew up in the church don’t actually hear/understand what he is saying. Part of it is modernism, part of it is Christianeese, part of it is that their own theology is being challenged.

The good news of the Kingdom is transformed people living under the reign of the King of Kings. It is the theology that heaven and hell are what is most important that has created generations of people who “believe” but because they’ve now made the grade into heaven, their lives remain unchanged. They are not actually living in the Kingdom, they are not living for the King.

10   Christian P
April 28th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I don’t think it is all about eternity. It’s about living and life is only found in Christ. I don’t want eternity, I want healing for the hurting. I want provision and protection for the helpless. I want hope for the hopeless. I want life for those who are dying.

11   Rick Frueh    
April 28th, 2011 at 2:13 pm

#10 – That is what every true believing follower of Christ should desire. But ultimately, the earthly healings in all their forms must accompany redemption in Jesus Christ or they are deceptive band aids.

I believe there will be many a lost sinner who might stand before before the Great White Throne and indict some redeemed sinners because they ministered to his earthly needs and let him lose his own soul. (Mother Theresa, etc.)