I’ve been pretty busy at the moment. I missed out on the whole “Rob Bell nuclear winter” that the internet experienced over the weekend due to the above advert. There will be much debate about the Systematic Theology of the after life. This will no doubt continue to chunter on until the returning Eschaton arrives and cracks some heads together.
I am intrigued by the book and look forward to reading it. However, what has actually stirred within me is a question about the way in which ‘the church’ operates. How do we as Christians deal with each other in a world of social networking? If social networking is to be a useful tool for communicating the Christian faith within the world in which we live, what are we saying about ourselves? Rob Bell made it into the top ten trending topics on twitter because of the above advert. @robbell became the focus of much abuse based upon the suppositions people have made about the theology contained within this as yet unpublished book. It is perceived as a threat to the orthodoxy and status quo of bible belt America.
Unfortunately, @robbell is a web designer from the UK. @robbell has become the focal point of a campaign of abuse misdirected at @realrobbell. And with this incident the world exposes the truth about how disciples are really known.
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Sorry @robbell and @realrobbell. Sometimes we suck.