I just listened to two Rob Bell audiobooks in the last few days. I was very impressed with both (Love Wins… and What We Talk…). I had steered clear of Rob Bell based on some things I’d heard about him in the past, which now appear erroneous.
As almost my entire experience as a “God is better than you think” believer has come from being a member of Peter Hiett’s church, I was surprised to find, to my non-theological mind, that what Bell has to say is highly congruent with the teaching of Peter Hiett. I asked Peter about this yesterday at church and he confirmed that he thinks highly of Rob Bell’s material, though he does not know him personally. They did both graduate from Fuller.
So this Sunday, Rob Bell has the first episode of a new talk show that will air on the OWN network (Oprah Winfrey Network).
Looking at the archives here, there was a lot of discussion of Rob Bell’s book Love Wins here, but almost all of it in 2011. Jason Pratt in particular wrote many, many detailed posts.
So, as the title says, what do you think of Rob Bell, now? Is this a guy who could be a leader in getting mainstream Christianity to move in our direction if not necessarily all the way here?