Found on The Gun Show Gallery today…
Archives For Jesus
I found a great video interview with God’s Squad Christian Motorcycle Club and Concern Australia/Global Concern founder John Smith (via The Work of the People) on Vimeo the other day and then found this second video in which he chats about the influence of the Jesus Movement over the church.
“God met that generation of freaks in the middle of their Acid trips because the church was not listening to their heart…”
“So have I got hope? Man I’ve lived through seeing when they all said God was dead and then seeing God reach hippies in the middle of the Adirondacks – sure I’ve got hope!”
What I find interesting about this interview is that John Smith seems to touch on the idea that people come to God in all sorts of ways — with, or without the church — something Rob Bell also spent a chapter discussing in Love Wins.
My family had a discussion on this same topic over lunch Easter Sunday, discussing how they recently heard a missionary sharing dreams are becoming a big deal in the Middle East. According to the missionary, a number of people he’s met are seeing Jesus appear to them in dreams and they’re starting to follow him based not on a clear sermon from the pulpit, not from a missionary coming from overseas — but based on a dream or series of dreams. Fascinating!
What do you think?
When you look at the Church are you more hope-filled or hope-less?
BONUS: Here’s the 1st video:
With Rob Bell’s book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person who Ever Lived (available in hardcover, Kindle, audio version) creating such a stir, and pastors across the country rushing to warn their congregations about the book, I thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at some of the major accusations I’ve heard and give a little insight into what I believe Bell is really saying.
(You may want to read my first post – Rob Bell, Love Wins and why I hope he’s right before continuing.)
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t a full scope of what Bell is or isn’t saying — but perhaps it will encourage those of you who are getting over your certainty to take the time to read the book for yourself and make your own opinions about what’s inside it.
So Rob Bell has a new book out. It’s caused a firestorm of controversy and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and read it for myself.
And now I have.
But before I give you my overview of Rob Bell’s latest book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person who Ever Lived (available in hardcover, Kindle, audio version), perhaps it would be fair to give you a little perspective as to where I’m coming from.
I’ve been following @ScottyWardSmith for some time on Twitter now and have enjoyed his thought provoking tweets.
He describes himself as: Pastor for Preaching and Worship at Christ Community Church. Husband, dad, granddad, big sinner with a bigger gospel, fisher of men and fish, photographer
As of the last month or so, he’s begun tweeting a really interesting “series” of tweets that offer “signs you’re growing in grace.”
I don’t remember exactly when Scott started sharing these, but I went back through the archives to Feb. 26th and found a lot of great nuggets – many I had missed the first time around.