New Event at TGC11 Features Carson, Keller on Hell and God’s Love

Rob Bell’s forthcoming book Love Wins has already raised perennial questions about universalism, exclusivism, the love of God, and heaven and hell. Every day more voices lend their opinions on the growing controversy—most recently Brian McLaren, Albert Mohler, Scot McKnight, and Mark Galli of Christianity Today among them. The mainstream media, including The New York Times and CNN, have even taken notice.

The book, then, affords Christians the opportunity to revisit the biblical teaching on these weighty matters. Actually, the controversy demands that we seek together how to understand and fit together the Scriptural testimony of God’s character. What did Jesus himself say about God’s wrath and hell? Why did Jesus go to the Cross? And what’s the best way to relate this teaching to a skeptical culture? How do we love our neighbors by relating this news to them?

Responding to significant demand, The Gospel Coalition has added a new event—”God: Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty”—addressing these subjects during our upcoming national conference. Starting at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 14, TGC president and co-founder Don Carson will speak from the Grand Ballroom stage at McCormick Place. After about 35 minutes, he’ll be joined in a panel discussion by TGC co-founder and vice president Tim Keller, along with council members Crawford Loritts, Stephen Um, and Kevin DeYoung. The panel will field questions submitted from the audience. The event will conclude at 8:40 a.m. in time to prepare for the morning session on the conference’s final day.

We do not intend in this event to debate one pastor’s opinions. Instead, we want to examine the Bible and review the history of orthodox belief. So don’t miss this special event. Register now for TGC11 and come prepared to study God’s Word together. Most importantly, please pray that God would give the church of Jesus Christ great wisdom and grace in the days ahead.

  • Steve Martin

    Great lineup!

    I wish I could get my pastor to speak at one of these things.

    I think he’s a breath of fresh air.

    What do you think?

    (very short audio sample):

    Thanks, so much.


  • Michael Redding

    This is a good thing. I am glad we are moving this discussion off line and shifting it towards productive teaching. By then the book will be out and we can hear some intelligent discussion from people other than home-bloggers. This is a very important doctrine and this should be a time of refreshment of confessional, biblical teaching. Good job adding this to the schedule.

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  • Quincy A. Jones

    a great question and a great prayer…

    “How do we love our neighbors by relating this news to them?”

    “Most importantly, please pray that God would give the church of Jesus Christ great wisdom and grace in the days ahead.”

    praying with you

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  • Mike Kelsey

    if you’re already registered for the conference, do you have to register for this particular event as well or can you just show up?

    • Collin Hansen

      So long as you’re registered, Mike, just show up.

  • tom

    A Prayer From Jesus

    Jesus I brought this prayer to your people and they rejected it. So I add a comment on the importance of this prayer and your plan of Salvation, again no responses. Finaly with fire and brimstone, mentioned there destanation, it was as if they could not even hear.

    Jesus am I to be a profit as unto Jermiah or like unto Jonah. I fill like Jonah, no matter what I wan’t to do, You all ways command me to do this small task, deliver your prayer. Except the results are as unto Jerminah. When not one obeyed when you said rhey will find safety out of the city.

    Jesus, you created me as neither but one of power in Jesus NAME. Devel in the NAME of JESUS I bind you in Jesus name. Relese your hold on those who will be called, son’s of Jesus. I command you in JESUS NAME to be gone from all who read this post in Jesus Name. For the glory is yours alone Jesus. I lift your Name up in Praise now, Lord Jesus. Open my eyes in Jesus Name and let me receive from You, this very hour in JESUS NAME.

    This prayer is from Jesus that we may hear from Him, that He may speak to our hearts. It only consist of three simple steps.

    1, We need to read one scripture. This will focus us in the word that brings everlasting life.

    2, Since this prayer is from Jesus we need to direct our prayer to Him personally. Too often Christian focuses they’re prayer’s to G_D or Father. Scripture proclaims, that Jesus should be the focus of our prayer.

    3, The simplest part of this Prayer is to ask Jesus one question. Please, all that is required for this question is that it should be simple. Let Jesus Himself finish the question when He gives you that understanding through this prayer.

    The PRAYER

    A) The scripture that is the focus of this prayer is “ACTS 2:38″. It’s not necessary to do any study into this scripture. Jesus will give you the understanding that will resonate in your heart. Just read Acts 2:38, keep it in your heart and take this one scripture to prayer

    B) The most important part of this prayer is that we need to direct our prayer directly to Jesus. If you normally would say Father in your prayer, change your focus from the Father to Jesus, by lifting Jesus name up every time you would normally use Father in your prayer.

    C) Maybe the hardest part of this prayer is the question that we need to ask Jesus. For man is always trying to understand the question, instead of listening to the answer. The simplest question is all that is required.
    Simply ask Jesus, ‘WHY’?

    For those who are obedient