Discerning Mission

Responses to 'Love Wins'

Pastor and author Rob Bell has stirred the conversational pot in recent months with his newest book, Love Wins.

Responses to the book have varied widely, as this sampling of reviews reveals.

Bell's fellow emergent church leaders have also weighed in, as has Luther Seminary's own Dr. David Lose.

Some congregations have begun engaging Love Wins in small group studies.  Here a Luther seminarian shares the talking points they found helpful in discussing the book with congregation members.

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Sin, grace and popular culture

Faith as a way of life - Christian Scharen

Dr. Christian Scharen, in his book Faith as a Way of Life: A Vision for Pastoral Leadership, writes compellingly about the challenges of discerning God in the midst of popular culture.

Unlike certain Christian communities who want to put a box around specific forms of culture and label them "safe" or "unsafe," Dr. Scharen argues for God's ability to speak to us through a variety of media -- the challenge is discernment.

Here's an excerpt:

"Sin understood as acting badly and grace as the power

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