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Middle East Trip

Just back from Jordan and Israel. I spent two weeks in Amman and a few days in Jerusalem. Of course, the talk is about what has happened in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. The events in Libya were unexpected and welcome.

Just back from Jordan and Israel. I spent two weeks in Amman and a few days in Jerusalem. Of course, the talk is about what has happened in Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East. The events in Libya were unexpected and welcome.

It is too early to tell what is going to emerge, but the believers in Jordan were hopeful that there is a chance for religious freedom that would really change the way things work there. A story was told about Egypt  and materials getting in that had been blocked before because we are "free" now. Israel is rightfully nervous, but watching everything very closely. In addition, things in Jordan seem relatively calm, as the king and his family are popular there. Political changes were already made and more might come, but a full change there seems quite unlikely. 

As I said, it is early days yet. So we watch, pray and hope for the best. My thanks to those in the Middle East willing to share their hopes and prayers. Pray for them. Their desire is to be faithful in a difficult context.

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    Adam S

    Love Wins

    I apologize the content of my comment is on another topic Dr. Bock, but the recent Q&A, Interviews & Book:  Love Wins has stirred up quite a cultural discussion.  I know that Bell deals particularly with gospel and NT events in the book as well as some historical figures in the early church and would love to know a thought or two from you on it.

    I trust Bell is not a universalist, and I do like that he embraces tension rather than running from it.  He answers questions mysteriously a lot and I wonder if in fact that is good at times.  Here's the MSNBC interview link:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg-qgmJ7nzAg

    Thank you for considering it.

    -Adam

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    Darrell L. Bock

    Bell
    I am in Europe these days and have not yet seen the book. I
    will comment once I get a copy. The topic concerns me greatly as I once had an exchange with Clark Pinnock about this years ago. I also will be addressing the topic at this year’s Evangelical Theological Society meeting in November.