This Thursday, Rob Bell is making a short stop in Louisville, Kentucky, as he continues the gods are not angry tour. I plan on going to the event with my wife and some good friends of ours.
Some of you have never heard of Rob Bell. But you will soon.
In 1999, he, his wife Kristen, and a group of friends started Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan because they wanted to create a community where God could be experienced in a non-traditional way. They didn't know how to do it or what would happen. They just knew that they wanted to be part of a community where people loved coming, questions were welcomed and love abounded. The church grew from zero to 10,000 in less than two years and Rob Bell has become a phenomenon.
Along with being a pastor, Rob Bell is also an author. His most well-known book is Velvet Elvis which makes some excellent points but also raises some big questions. Since reading the book I've had some serious concerns over Bell's handling of Scripture and some of his theological conclusions. And I'm definitely not alone in my critique.
All that to say, I'm looking forward to hearing him speak this Thursday as the description of the tour sounds intriguing:
Part anthropology, part history, part deconstruction - this is new material that Rob hasn't taught before, exploring how humans invented religion to make themselves feel better.
Look for a later post this week as I reflect on the event.