Inside Out 59: The Next Story

04.11.11 | Kurt Goff

So since you’re reading these words online I have a few questions for you:

  • Do you own technology or does it own you?
  • What does it mean that almost 2 billion people are connected by the Internet, with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?
  • How does our constant connection to digital devices affect our families, our church communities, and our daily walk with the Lord?

Fair questions to ask in the digital age.

Tim Challies is one of the most popular Christian bloggers/Web designers/writers online today). His new book is The Next Story: Life and Faith After The Digital Explosion. He recently reminded me that I need to have a theology of technology. That’s much more than just a nice turn of a phrase.

Case in point: The first major theological debate started, fueled, and continued on the Web was influential pastor Rob Bell’s book Love Wins:

In Love Wins: Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith-the afterlife-arguing that a loving God would never sentence human souls to eternal suffering. With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly optimistic-eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.”-Publisher Blurb

Are we talking no literal Hell? Everyone ends up heaven? Are we just being too critical of Rob? Check out a previous podcast  for more perspective.

In this interview with Tim I tackle all of the above. I also spoke with well-known pastor/author Eugene Peterson (The Message) about his controversial endorsement of Love Wins. Wow. Those surprising comments are included too. Order up! Some serious food for thought here.


Your Comments(please keep them on topic and polite)

on 04.11.11 Trevor Price commented

I think that the program today was excellent. Revelation 20:11-15 states quite clearly that those not found in the Book of Life will be "cast into the lake of fire" The man who wrote "The Message" better be careful. If there was no Hell or (punishment for sin) then Jesus would not have had to die for our sins to pay that punishment for us. The man scared me. And it made me even more afraid that he has written a book that so many have read. Other than this man's very poor answers to Kurt's questions ... I think Bob and Kurt and Tim Challies did a great job a made a lot of good points ... keep it up... :)

on 04.12.11 Doug commented

We went to listen to this story and it had been replaced by the next story (ha ha). We would really like to be able to listen to "The Next Story".




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