Rob Bell needs the Gospel

18 Mar

I just watched this and it has made me angry. You watch it first and then listen to why…

Firstly, I want to say that I have watched quite a bit of Rob Bell’s stuff, from back in the day when he was doing the Nooma stuff. Actually he could still be doing the Nooma stuff but I wouldn’t know since I stopped watching it thanks to him. I also want to say that I do not know him personally (though my references to him as Rob) might indicate otherwise. If I did know him personally, I would say all of this to him in the hopes of bringing him back to the Bible.

If you are a Christian, one of the things you should be doing (every day!) is getting your theology from the Bible and bring the theology of others to it. This is so that we don’t stray. We need to be strong (and prepared to speak to others about) the Gospel, and about Jesus. If you are a Christian then the only reason you aren’t in heaven yet is because of the Gospel work you have not yet completed. So the Gospel is a big deal.

If you need a refresher, or you are new here and don’t know this ‘Gospel’ thing, let me tell you quickly:

  1. God made the earth and us to rule over the earth under his authority. (Rev 4:11)
  2. We decided we wanted to rule ourselves and stick it to God. (Rom 3:23)
  3. God punished us with 3 score and 10 years, and hell. (Heb 9:27)
    Let me elaborate at this point. God made us so that He could love us. Since we’ve decided to go our own way, He still loves us but He is just and will punish us. That punishment is no more than we ask for. The Bible describes Hell as a place completely devoid of the loving presence of God. The punishment is simply the result of us choosing to be without God – He sends us away from His presence. He still loves us, and has made a way for us to be forgiven, saved, redeemed…
  4. God sends Jesus to die on the cross for us. (1 Pet 3:18)
    Jesus is perfect, so the only man (fully God, fully man) who doesn’t deserve the penalty for sin takes our penilty for sin so we can be right with God. This is not because we deserve that salvation. It is not because we can earn that salvation. We just lucked out. So we get to be right with God again. A momentary clarify finds us in the blood-mist of our filthy lives and dead souls and through it we can see God’s salvation plan for us. It is Jesus.
  5. God raises Jesus to life. (1 Pet 1:3)
    The perfect God-man how took the sins of the world (past, present and future) is also the conquerer of death, sin and Satan. Jesus is made the judge of all things, living and dead. All people who ever were, are now and ever will be shall pass by His throne and if they knew Him before they died they will not be sent away. Those that did not know Him before that judgement day will be sent away from Him in accordance with their dying wishes. Judgement day is the moment we die, or Jesus returns in glory!

This is the Gospel. We live, we die, we see Jesus. The Bible is very clear on this, and if we are to understand the Gospel and proclaim it to the world as Jesus commanded us to, then we MUST be clear on this too. To suggest for even a second that it is not of eternal importance that we choose Jesus in this life is disastrous. God is grace but He is also justice. If we cannot depend on Him keeping to His word on this then how can we depend on Heaven? If we cannot depend on the salvation of Jesus in this life (or believe in our desperate need for it) then how can be believe that Jesus is the Christ.

These are not open-handed issues. It is not ok to put these unbiblical (indefensible) notions down to misunderstanding or unimportance. They matter fundamentally to us, the Gospel and God.

Rob Bell might be a great guy, but he reaches many with these words of heresy [edit]. In this interview, and in a large amount of his other teaching he is not speaking the words of the Bible. That, friends, is harmful. You can choose to not care; to prevent those who (like us) desperately need it from hearing it in truth. But speak these things as Rob does and you will be aiding in the destruction of people you care about. It is very much a matter of life and death.

EDIT: I stumbled across an exceptional (and long) review of Rob’s book: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/03/14/rob-bell-love-wins-review/

For Kim and Rory

17 Mar

Chris’s sister and her family live in the UK, they are children’s workers who work for TnT Ministries. They are both amazing people and write amazing children’s Sunday school and kids club material. The kids are too precious – I’m proud to call these people family. Kim is like my own sister, since I never had one.

Sadly since they live so far they have not yet met Elijah, so I thought they would appreciate a personalised photo from the little monkey 🙂

I emailed it to them, and they were amazed at his writing ability at 3 months 😉

Repost: Reflections on Motherhood

16 Mar

Some of the thoughts on here:

  • Breathe
  • Its ok to be scared
  • Meet other moms
  • Real men change diapers
  • Nobody really knows what they’re doing
  • You will miss your mom
  • Millions of people survive sleep deprivation
  • You are about to meet true love
  • You are the expert
  • Imperfect is the new perfect
  • Let Gramdma spoil them
  • You will make mistakes
  • This too shall pass
  • Your mom was right
  • Sleep now
  • You are beautiful
  • She will have your eyes
  • Take time to fit back into those jeans
  • He is going to get sick…and you will sit up all night just watching him breathe
  • Take time for yourself
  • Google doesn’t have children
  • Forgive yourself
  • Be brave
  • Its ok to want a break

Its amazing being a mom, amazing and exhausting, and scary and precious, I would never have thought I could love someone so instantly, so unconditionally and so fiercely.

Post-Baby Body Thoughts

14 Mar

I’ve never had the perfect figure.

I used to be really thin, in school, when I still did sport. But sadly I did pick up weight slowly after school… losing a ton before the wedding, and picking up more, then losing a whole bunch just before I got pregnant again. While I was pregnant I picked up near on 20 kilograms – which really isn’t so cool, but I enjoyed the chocolates. The thing is, even though I have now lost more than half the weight I gained in pregnancy, my body has changed…

My tummy looks like a roadmap of Cape Town, with the stretch marks. The muscles are weak, there is a huge ugly scar below my belly button. Although my pre-pregnancy clothes fit, they don’t close around my tummy. Its frustrating, and sometimes I get crazy with envy when I walk past the fit, slim girls who have no kids, in their tight jeans.

Then I look at my son.

For nine months he grew inside me, he was nurtured by my body. He grew and grew, and stretched my skin, growing into a kicking little person. They had to cut him out, leaving a forever reminder. Now he’s fed by my body, he’s grown into this beautiful 3 month old little boy, a strong little boy. My body has worked hard, its stretched and pulled and been cut for this little miracle.

Yes, I have weight to lose, from before I was pregnant even. I will never have a flat smooth stomach, I will not be able to wear a bikini in public (not that I really would, modesty and all). But what I have to show for it, is something way more precious, way more beautiful, way more lasting than a perfect body.

I wouldn’t change my body for the world… and its taken me 24 years to realise that.

Happy Quote

12 Mar
“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines, and sing out loud in the car with the windows open, and wear pink shoes, and stay up all night laughing, and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets, and throw parties, and eat ripe tomatoes, and read books so good they make me jump up and down.”
-Shauna Niequist (Writer)

Review: Cherub Tree Nappies

11 Mar

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I started using Cherub Tree nappies when Elijah was around 6 weeks old. As you may know I am very into eco-friendly living, so cloth nappies was pretty obvious.

The awesome thing about these ones specifically is that they are one-size-fits-all – so we can use them for the whole time that he’s in nappies. They are so pretty also, in blue, black, red, yellow, lilac and white. I love how easy they are to clean and use.  They are made up of the outside waterproof cover, then 2 inners – one microfibre and one hemp. Each inner can absorb around 250ml, so they are awesomely absorbent. I would totally recommend them to moms who are keen to try cloth. At R135 each, they are on the cheaper end of cloth nappies, and still cheaper than disposables – 2.5 years of disposables costs around R15 480, and for 15 Cherubs its only R2025.  Plus considering disposables take hundreds of years to degrade… cloth is way better for the environment.

Although I have not been paid to review these nappies, I do sell them, so please contact me if you’re interested…

3 months

11 Mar

Wow! My teeny baby is now 3 months old… On Tuesday we went for coffee with 3 of the ladies from our antenatal classes, and it was so lovely to see their little babas, and just reminded me how much my monkey has grown!!

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  • He is now smiling a lot more, though mostly at his daddy.
  • He loves bathtime and kicks his little legs in the water creating a crazy wet floor.
  • He actually started sleeping till around 3 or 4am, but thats still only on occasion.
  • He loves playing with his links and bells that are in his car seat, so its all jingly when I drive.
  • He discovered his hands, and now uses them to chew on, or soothe himself, he spits out his dummy and sucks on his hands. I’m keeping a close eye though, as he can’t start sucking his thumb…
  • He still loves to stand, and does a little dance-y thing which is super cute.

Life Truths

11 Mar

Life

10 Mar

30 photos

4 Mar

Danielle of Sometime Sweet did this on her blog, which I dig BTW… and so I thought, hey thats cute, lets try it! If you do it, link up here please!!

01 / someone you spend a lot of time with:

02 / a picture of you:

03 / a picture of you and your significant other:

04 / a picture of something that makes you happy:

05 / an old picture of you:

06 / a picture of your sibling:

07 / a picture you never posted on your blog before:

08 / a picture of a person you miss:

09 / a picture of people who know you now and then:

10 / a picture of your favorite place:

11 / a person you can tell everything to:

12 / a picture of your everyday life:

13 / a picture from a place you love:

14 / a picture that reminds you of great times:

15 / a class photo: (sadly I can’t find one 😦 )

16 / a picture from the best day of your life:

17 / a picture that always makes you laugh: (because my FIL who was the pastor forgot to say “you may kiss the bride” and we were sitting down when he had tro come ask us to come up and kiss… haha)

18 / a picture of your spare time:

19 / a photo from a great night:

20 / a picture of the people who are closest to you:

21 / a picture of someone you always have a good time with:

22 / a picture of your parents when they were your age:

23 / a picture from last summer:

24 / a photo of your closest friend of the opposite sex (not sig. other):

25 / a picture of you on a favorite vacation: (ok i’m not in it… but i always take the photos…)

26 / a picture of an accomplishment:

27 / a picture of your closest friends: I don’t have one with everyone in 😦

28 / a random picture from photobooth:

29 / a photo that makes you smile:

30 / someone you will never let go of: (two of them)