EDIT: So it comes down to this I have decided…the reason I have issues with Rob Bell is very simple: I believe in depravity more deeply than he does. Now it is entirely possible that he is such a good person that it is easy for him to believe in the goodness of mankind (personkind for the PC…) I on the other hand am seldom even average and am often rotten to the core. So when I hear Rob doing what seem to me to be essentially sermons about the goodness of mankind, or the potential of mankind…they leave me flat. I know it is old school, (and limited to my experience)..but i have never been motivated to lasting change by a message about my potential. However I find myself constantly changed and changing by messages about the goodness and greatness of God. Sometime by necessity those messages include topics, not about my potential but the lack thereof…about my sin, and my failure. But it seems that when I feel the depth of the fall, and the helplessness of my situation…then I can finally see the beauty of my Savior the wonder of his love…and all the possibility in living to glorify him.
In the words of David Crowder:
But the harder I try the more clearly can I feel The depth of our fall and the weight of it all
And so this might could be the most impossible thing
Your grandness in me making me clean…