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May 31 2013
It’s time for Christians to tone down the controversy and show some love.

Rob Bell: What's not to love about Nooma, a series of short, quirky videos featuring Bell? I think my favorite is the one called "Lump," in which Bell comes home and can't find his little boy anywhere and then finally spots a lump under the covers in the middle of the bed where the child is hiding in shame for some small sin. So Bell peels back the blankets and covers his son in love. The thing about the gospel is that it is both unchanging and fresh every day. Bell always keeps it fresh.

Mark Driscoll: Driscoll's frankness can itself be refreshing. When he addresses crucial topics like sexual assault, he puts that candor to work for the power of great and much needed good.

Rachel Held Evans: What I love about Rachel is her uncanny ability to slice through multi-layered, longstanding categories and assumptions and grab hold of a truth that suddenly turns obvious in her hands. Sometimes she amazes me that way. Such works requires perception, guts, and a willingness to risk getting it wrong. And on those occasions when she does get it wrong, she owns it.

John Piper: I love, love, love the notion of Christian Hedonism. I was introduced to Piper by way of it, and it tickled my rebel spot from the get-go. Few truths are more powerful than Piper's mantra, "God is most glorified in you when you are most satisfied in him."

Pat Robertson: Robertson loves my Father. He has loved him and served him faithfully for a long, long time. How could I not love him?

Frank Schaffer: Despite an excruciatingly painful and public exorcism of personal and familial demons, Schaeffer remains unashamed of the gospel and continues asking questions and seeking truth—"in spite of everything." I love that.

Douglas Wilson: I do so love Wilson's biting humor and his word craft. And then there's this exquisite article he wrote some years back in Credenda / Agenda called "Love Story." I never tire of using it in my classes. It's about the power of storytelling; the whole thing is wonderful, but particularly this passage:

And this thing that has the capacity to make storytelling glorious is love. Just as great teaching is loving a subject in the presence of students who are also loved, so it is with story. A man who loves the story he is telling, and loves the people he is telling it to, is a formidable bard. Something mysterious happens when story-grip sets in. One man writes a disheveled story, breaks numerous rules, and gets away with it. Another man writes a story with every hair in place, prim hands folded on the lap, and it stinks. Then someone else writes a textbook example of doing everything right, and it works anyway. Failures of story-telling are at some level a failure to love. Successes in story-telling are examples of love triumphing.

May love triumph in the blogosphere, too.

What is something you love about one of these or some other controversialist in the body of Christ?

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