After what seemed like a forever sabbatical to those who prefer to download Rob Bell’s full length sermons from his home church, Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan — rather than the bite-sized devotional-length teachings that appear on the NOOMA video series — Rob returned last Sunday. (The first download seems to begin with the sounds of Rob eating his lunch, or maybe it was a late breakfast…)
By the way, when you’re on their website, enjoy a little Mars Hill music while the MP3 sermon file is downloading. Click on “who we are,” and then select “songs + charts + music,” or just use this shortcut. You should start hearing music if your speakers are on. Mine just opened to a favorite song, “A House of Praise for All.” This song is a great call to worship. There are six tabs which represent the structure of the worship service: Backward, Forward, Inward, Withard, Outward and Upward. (Or so I assume; they had a guest band when we were there.) You can also download .pdf files of the music charts. Some of the songs are written by Aaron Niequist, whose other claim to fame is being Bill Hybels’ son-in-law. (That, and the sinner’s prayer* will get you into heaven for sure.)
Anyway, this started out being about Rob Bell, whose picture, above, apparently gets around to a lot of blogs. But then I digressed. But hey, you didn’t pay admission did you? Did we even ask for money? Anyway, I look forward to hearing more from Rob this fall. Speaking of money, if you’re receiving tons of teaching online from a particular pastor, should you contribute something? If that’s the case, I owe Bruxy Cavey a lot of money.
~ Paul WIlkinson.
* more recent writings have somewhat discredited the whole “sinner’s prayer” thing, which apparently only surfaced in the last hundred years or so; but that’s the subject of another discussion…