Evangelical pastor Rob Bell made headlines again this weekend when he said, “I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.”
He made the comments advocated LGBT couples this weekend during a speech at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.
Bell was challenged in 2011 when his book, “Love Wins” disputed the idea that hell is a place where bad people go when they die.
His latest book, “What We Talk About When We Talk About God,” is calls for the evangelical church to change.
What do you think of Bell's ideas?
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