Before Going Further in My “Love Wins” Review: A Personal Note…
Well hello there, spotlight. I certainly didn’t see you coming.
Okay seriously, wow. Before I go further in the “Love Wins” series, I felt the need publish a personal post. Apparently my first entry in this “Love Wins” review EXPLODED. The hits on my blog have reached number I never imagined, I’m at the top of a Google search for crying out loud (search “Rob Bell reviews” or something to that effect), Darrin Patrick retweeted me, and Joshua Harris gave me a shout-out. Needless to say, my head is spinning a little bit. It’s encouraging, but at the same time it makes me very nervous. Literally thousands of people are reading the blog of a dude who gets five to fifteen hits on a good day. I expected my readership to reach maybe twenty, thirty, or dare I hope forty hits on a posting day. Certainly not four-and-a-half thousand (and counting). So to all my visitors, I’d like to first say WELCOME! I’d also like to say the following:
If you’re reading this and are a believer in Christ, please pray for me. This is very surreal, and I feel an enormous burden now to do a good job with this review/analysis. Apparently men like Justin Taylor and John Piper are getting some pushback for calling out Rob Bell without having read his book. But I think that those men along with most preachers are ultimately playing the waiting game until the book is released before they take a definitive stance on it. I realize that my site is getting slammed not because I’m the Christian equivalent of Miles Davis (Michael W. Smith holds that honor), but because I’m one of the few people who can actually take an informed stance on the book. A month from now people won’t care about my opinion of the book, but until then a lot of people are expecting me to answer some questions. Pray I’d do it with humility, with gentleness to Rob Bell, and that ultimately I would honor my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and that his Truth would be glorified in what I say.
A brief note about me: my name is Scott. I live in Dallas. I’m 28 years old. When I have time and can afford it I take some classes at Redeemer Seminary (formerly Westminster Theological Seminary, Dallas). If Dallas had beaches I would enjoy long walks on them. I’ve been working two part-time jobs to help make ends meet while taking classes, but I’m currently praying about what to do next in my life (hopefully something in church planting). I can be sarcastic in my writing sometimes, so…just be aware of that. Oh, and you can follow me on Twitter. My college-nickname-username-so-don’t-ask is TheSaltyDawg. I’ll post blog updates (and more) there.
As far as this series goes, here’s what to expect: I’d like to go in-depth into the book, so I didn’t want to just do one catch-all review but rather stretch it out into several entries. My hope is to post everyday. I’m a busy man though with the previously-mentioned two jobs, church commitments, and a girlfriend to hug so I can’t promise that. On top of that, Mr. Bell’s writing style makes it hard at times to decipher whether he’s just playing devil’s advocate or if he really believes what he’s saying. That said, it may take me time to put out some entries due to me having to go back and re-read what he said in order to present his words accurately.
Mr. Bell, if you’re reading this, I want you to know one thing: we have the same glasses. I’m not out to get you, and I’m not going to intentionally twist your words. I’m simply obeying the mandate given to us in Scripture to “test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)
Okay, that’s it. Again, I completely didn’t see this blowing up as much as it has. I’m very humbled by it. Thanks again for visiting and for the kind words.