A lot has been written about Rob Bell in the past couple of weeks after he released a video asking questions about Christian beliefs about God, and heaven and hell. Some people have been extremely critical of the video, accusing Bell of universalism, which is to say that God will eventually save everyone and not send anyone to hell. Others have reserved judgment until the book comes out, while others are rightly upset at the nature of some of the criticism.
As part of the Bible and Mission MA programme I’m doing from Redcliffe College in the UK I’m studying how to read the Bible from a missional perspective. This involves seeing both how God’s universal mission through his particular people is advanced in and through the text of the Bible, and also how that text is part of God’s reaching out to people of all nations today.