Book Review: The Good God

I read this book over Christmas and I’m not entirely sure why it’s taken me so long to review it but it has, hopefully it’s worth the wait. The Good God has garnered rich reviews from all over the place and so in coming late to the party I wonder what I can add. So let’s start with some basic positives. It’s short. It’s easy to read. It’s about God. Three excellent plus points right there. The whole thrust of the book is why our view of the Trinity matters,…

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How do you solve a problem like Deborah?

Every now and then I comment on the debate about the role of women in the church, and the arguments on both sides are well rehearsed and increasingly entrenched. One of the key examples given for the egalitarian case (those who believe that every role or office in the church is open to believers of either gender) is the old testament character of Deborah. It’s often seen that Deborah poses a challenge to the complementarian view (those that think that God differentiates some roles according to gender while loving and…

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Ring the Bell: Round 2

In some ways I’m glad this discussion hasn’t just completely disappeared because that would show that we too have the attention span of a goldfish in keeping with much of contemporary western culture. Here are some further thoughts and reflections on the debate: Tim Challies reflects on the debate and thinks the reformed were mugged by a marketing department. I’m not convinced. Justin Taylor responds Adrian Warnock has posted the transcript of his debate with Rob Bell.

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Bell might not win

If you all thought the debate about hell has gone quiet then get ready for it get stirred up for another round as the book length responses to Rob Bell’s Love Wins are published. Randy Alcorn gives his views first on Mark Galli’s God Wins and Francis Chan’s Erasing Hell saying, “How does Erasing Hell compare to God Wins? I would describe Erasing Hell as passionate, biblically reasoned and pastoral. God Wins is historically rooted, theologically reasoned and journalistically precise. Someone who prefers thoughtfully presented theology and history might favor Galli’s book, while someone…

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Is Gandhi in heaven?

A few weeks ago I posted on whether Gandhi is in hell but the reverse question is also interesting. On what grounds would we have confidence to say that Gandhi is in heaven? Greg Koukl addresses this question in his book Tactics: A game plan for discussing your Christian convictions. Koukl deals with people’s ideas of good and bad (which is the basis most people have for heaven or hell). “When I was in India, Christian apologist Prakesh Yesudian told me of a conversation he had with a Hindu about…

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There’s nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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There's nothing new being said about hell

The other Sunday I was at my parents house and as I always do, I was perusing Dad’s shelves for books. This time I went searching for books on hell and found this gem. Is there a Hell? A Symposium by Leaders of Religious Thought. The only notable contributor whose name I knew was FB Meyer. Published by Cassell in 1913. Here are the chapter headings: The History of Hell What is Hell Like? Hell and the early Fathers The Certainty of Hell The justice of Hell The absurdity of…

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The Hell Chronicles

This post will be updated from time to time but this is my directory of posts about Love Wins, universalism and hell controversy. It has the list of all the posts I’ve put together and some of the most helpful posts and resources I’ve found elsewhere. You may also find some of these links in some of the posts. The posts to read that others have written Kevin DeYoung’s review of Love Wins is probably the most obvious place to turn for a comprehensive rebuttal and strong opposition of the theology…

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