Alice Cooper has been more than a controversial singer,songwriter and musician. However, most of us aren’t familiar with his confession of Christ, his literalist view of scripture, and being raised in church. Is his confession credible? I think so. He has a better grip on the mystery, antimony and ineffability of God than most ministers behind pulpits today.
Give a listen to how articulate Cooper is in this interview. His assessment of Televangelism is most edifying. I could enjoy some genuine fellowship with this brother.
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Dr Al Mohler cogently articulates what is at stake in his masterful response to Brian McClarens ”to weak for the task” attempt to defend Rob Bell. The contrast is clear according to Mohlers polemic. This isn’t a third tier gray area. Somebody stands under the Pauline anathema for preaching a “counterfeit gospel”. Finally!
“We are talking about two rival understandings of the Gospel here — two very different understandings of theology, Gospel, Bible, doctrine, and the totality of the Christian faith. Both sides in this controversy understand what is at stake.”
The entire GOSPEL narrative creatively fused into a single song.
Powerful! Authentic! Robust! Unashamed! Convictional! Penetrating! Refreshing!
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Listen to Rob Bell as he is hit with hard probing questions, stumbles to make a point but unable to do so, responds to a straight forward question by contradicting the writings in his new book , articulates ambiguity while trying to appear to be certain, implies Truth is actually un-true while absolutes are absolutely unknowable, eternity is important but clear answers are simply reduced to a confusing conversation without clarity of conclusion.
Bell hides behind being a pastor as why has no real answers all the while assuring us that grace gives people room to work through “atrocities of life!” on their own but “clearly” wants us to trust him because he ”absolutely” believes that love wins. Even though he can’t actually tell us from what and is clearly unable and unwilling to articulate anything akin to Paul’s glorious gospel.
Rob nuances his way through the reality that he is bankrupt of concrete answers to real life issues but wants to assure us that he is a man who can ask lots of questions.
I think I have heard his voice from somewhere in the ancient past. Yes, it has the same hissing whisper that loudly asked the first undermining question, ”HATH GOD SAID?”
Thats it, Bell is really Beel-zebub!
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The Barna Group’s annual year-end study of trends provides a window into the Christian church in the U.S.
His megathemes are more than telling and I have excerpted his Six headlines. Check out The Barna Group site for the details.
1. The Christian Church is becoming less theologically literate.
2. Christians are becoming more ingrown and less outreach-oriented.
3. Growing numbers of people are less interested in spiritual principles and more desirous of learning pragmatic solutions for life.
4. Among Christians, interest in participating in community action is escalating.
5. The postmodern insistence on tolerance is winning over the Christian Church.
6. The influence of Christianity on culture and individual lives is largely invisible.