Heaven & Hell

So I finished Rob Bell’s Love Wins yesterday. The main thing I took away from it was that he thinks we misinterpret the word “eternity,” and that the proper meaning is more like “the age to come.” He is promoting the idea that your decision to go to heaven or hell does not end with this age, but that you may still  have that option after death, in the age to come. I can’t say that I agree or disagree with him, as I don’t have the energy for theological investigation at this time. I am going to borrow Francis Chan’s response next Sunday and read it in January. Anyways, I highly recommend reading Love Wins if you haven’t already. It is a compelling look at what the future may hold, and does so in Rob’s usual questioning approach. I honestly can’t believe that Rob Bell felt compelled to resign his pastorate over the uproar…

Christmas Break

The fall semester is finished and I have ten days of holiday left. I’m going to enjoy time with my family and start preparing for next semester. Among other things, I plan on finishing Love Wins today. I hope to pick up Francis Chan’s response later this week and read it as well. Today marks the last Sunday of Advent and I have thoroughly enjoyed our daily candle lighting and prayer time each evening. I am pretty certain that my family will participate in Advent each holiday season from now on. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas!

Love Wins

I’m going to borrow this book tomorrow. I had always intended to read it but never got around to buying it. Anyways, I’m getting a copy at church tomorrow and hope to have it read by the end of the week. Does anyone who has read it have any thoughts for me before I start reading? I am familiar with the controversies already, but was just curious if anyone had a comment on the book.

Three New Books

I’ve picked up a few new books this month. One is more for school, how to make soap, and I hope to do this in Chemistry next year. Our school secretary has goats and makes goat milk soap. So hopefully I can get some goat milk and lye from her this winter and try my hand it this. The other two are about relationships, diet and food. One is called Date Your Wife and it was an impulse buy from Amazon on Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I just started reading it this afternoon and its really interesting. I like that it is a small book and cheap as well. The other book is about making different types of food at home that you would normally buy at the store. A few examples are pop tarts, butter, and cheese. Anyways, my wife and her best friend love the book. I haven’t read any of it yet, but I did notice that it is really well bound and the layout and design is top notch! Here are the links to them on Amazon if you are interested.

Milk Soapmaking by Anne Watson

Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard

The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila ( she blogs at Eating From The Ground Up )

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