Monday, April 9, 2012

Monday Night Book Club - "Love Wins"

Tonight was the first night of our Book Club featuring the book "Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived", by Pastor Rob Bell.  This is what Amazon says about the book:

Millions of Christians have struggled with how to reconcile God's love and God's judgment: Has God created billions of people over thousands of years only to select a few to go to heaven and everyone else to suffer forever in hell? Is this acceptable to God? How is this "good news?"
Troubling questions--so troubling that many have lost their faith because of them. Others only whisper the questions to themselves, fearing or being taught that they might lose their faith and their church if they ask them out loud.
But what if these questions trouble us for good reason? What if the story of heaven and hell we have been taught is not, in fact, what the Bible teaches? What if what Jesus meant by "heaven," "hell," and salvation" are very different from how we have come to understand them?
What if it is God who wants us to face these questions?
Author, pastor, and innovative teacher Rob Bell presents a deeply biblical vision for rediscovering a richer, grander, truer, and more spiritually satisfying way of understanding heaven, hell, God, Jesus, salvation, and repentance. The result is the discovery that the "good news" is much, much better than we ever imagined.
Love wins.
It was a good night, lots of varied thoughts expressed during our discussions, and very interesting discussion questions by our facilitator Chip Mornard.  Nine of us were present for our first of 8 weeks (break on Memorial Day Monday) discussing this book, and we are expecting a few more to join us next Monday.

New Narthex East Red Door Entrance
It's not too late if you are in the Delavan area to join us at Christ Episcopal Church on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  (enter through the east side red doors by the parking area), books are available to purchase from Christ Church as well, call them for more info.

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