Rob Bell Gets His TV Show (Thanks to Oprah)

Now that Rob Bell has moved from West Michigan you can hear crickets down the aisle that once held his books in our store. When he was here we would have to order a couple hundred of his books just to ensure we could have them on the shelf for the first couple of weeks. Now our initial order might be twelve copies. But fans of Bell will soon get to see him on national television as he starts his own TV show on OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). He’s being billed as a “rock-star speaker” and “one of America’s most influential and progressive spiritual leaders.” For many within the evangelical movement Bell has moved further and further to the left. His leanings toward a soft universalism and his defense of gay marriage has caused conservatives to distance themselves from him. For others this will prove to be an open door. Bell will likely appeal to the “I’m spiritual but not religious” and the “I love Jesus but hate the church” groups.

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