Thinking Out Loud

September 9, 2008

Rob Bell Is Back

Filed under: Christianity, Church — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:21 pm

 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…



  1. Yeah, well, as for the sinner’s prayer, sometimes I think Biblical criticism gets WAY too far off the mark. As I wrote a while back (, one of my absolute favorite passages in the whole Bible is “suspect”. Ah, well – it’s still moving to me.

    Comment by Jim — September 9, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  2. When the post was written, I hadn’t actually finished the sermon. At only 33 minutes, it was not the earthshaking thing you expect to hear after someone’s long absence, but he may have had his “welcome back” in another forum.

    He’s discussing the passage in Philippians were Paul breaks out into what we know as “an early Christian hymn” (“though he was God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God,” etc.)and also does a real fine job in appreciating the implications of writing such a letter from jail.

    Still probably one of the easiest speakers to listen to; and good for people who have trouble with sermons holding their attention.

    Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — September 10, 2008 @ 5:09 pm

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