I caught wind of a scholar by the name of Ben Witherington and his recent posts concerning Rob Bell. One was a couple days ago concerning Rob’s stop in Lexington during week two of his Sex God tour.
One of the questions asked at the Q+A the other night was “How can I be as knowledgeable as you are?” This is an interesting question in itself, but even better was the answer. Rob said to go to MarsHill.org and request his reading list using the contact form. You can do this yourself (I did last night when we got home!) or you just click below. I hope he doesn’t mind.
Ask and you shall receive. A couple of people have commented asking for my complete 43 (50 in pdf form, apprarently) pages of notes. I beseech thee to download and further thee…um, theeself?
A couple of notes on these, well, notes; first of all all of the highlighted portions are there because I used each of them in one of the blogs on Isn’t She Beautiful that I wrote. Each color refers to a different post as I went through each day…yeah, I’m a dork. Get over it. Secondly, there is a reason that the notes for the session on Narrative Theology and the session on elders is a bit short. The breakout sessions were poor.
There will be a lot of letters of resignation turned in after that conference. Pastors, worship leaders, and even children’s ministers will leave churches they have poured themselves into for years. They will leave to follow their true passions, their true calling – something which has been nipping at their heels without a name for as long as they can remember.
Rob Bell brought that nipping into question last weekend. He gave it a name and a face. He said “turn around and chase that down.”
I don’t know if I would take the class again.
I learned some things and I was challenged by many things. There were times when it was very exciting and times when I wanted to die. Part of me wonders if this isn’t just going to be the very nature of philosophy; the other part wonders if it isn’t something else. Only time will tell.
Is the purpose of all of this God business strictly to get to heaven? Most churches will use this language when preaching the gospel, this reasoning for having faith.
Bell opened his 9:00 session briskly – I think this is the best way to describe it – efficiently saying “open your Bibles to Colossians 2.” He’s very direct and challenging – I love it. Oh, and Bibles are handed out while scripture verses are referred to on the screens (see right) and it’s up to you to turn to the verse. It’s awesome – don’t go to Mars Hill if you want to be lazy.