Read it and think! In his inimitable way, Rob Bell challenges us all to consider the practical implications of God’s love. You can’t ignore the facts: God’s radical love has radical consequences both now (present) and later (future).
Bell’s focus on the consequences of God’s “present-love” shifts attention away from “hell-future” and has led some to question his theology. Does Bell believe in eternal punishment? Is he an universalist? Though his argument invites readers to think in “emerging” ways about these doctrines, neither question is answered. His thesis and purpose are elsewhere.
I appreciate his resurrection emphasis, broad view of the cross, evangelistic passion, and incarnational discipleship. Don’t build your theological foundations on this book, but read it and think about God’s kingdom purpose as expressed through his perfect love. These three remain: faith, hope, and love. The greatest of these is love.