Rob Bell

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Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. (1970-) is an American author and pastor.

While at college, he and some friends formed the indie rock band, "_ton bundle", which was reminiscent of bands such as R.E.M. and Talking Heads. The band _ton bundle started to gain some local fame and was even asked to perform at large events, but when Bell was struck with viral meningitis these plans fell through. Between 1995 and 1997, Bell formed a band called Big Fil which released two CDs.  Rob Bell described his involvement with Big Fil as an involvement with a punk rock band.

In 1999, Bell founded Mars Hill Bible Church.  Within a year the church was given a shopping mall in Grandville, Michigan, and purchased the surrounding land. In July 2000 the 3,500 "grey chair" facility opened its doors. As of 2005, an estimated 11,000 people attend the two "gatherings" on Sundays at 9 and 11 AM.

In order to maintain balance in his life, Bell maintained his Fridays as a personal sabbath, where he did not allow contact by electronic means, and had all pastoral duties transferred to other Mars Hill pastors.

In the January 2007 issue of the magazine TheChurchReport.com, Bell was named No. 10 in their list of "The 50 Most Influential Christians in America" as chosen by their readers and online visitors. In 2011 Time Magazine named Bell to its list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

On September 22, 2011 it was announced that Rob Bell is stepping down from the church he founded to pursue other areas to reach a broader audience.

Other projects

NOOMA is a series of short films promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The video series consists of 24 videos created from 2002-2009. The title of the video series, "NOOMA", is an English variation of the Greek word pneuma which means breath or spirit. All the videos feature the teachings of Bell.

Bell's Everything is Spiritual national speaking tour launched on June 30, 2006, in Chicago, drawing sold-out crowds in cities across North America.

In February and March 2007 Bell hosted a "Sex God" tour on six university campuses to promote his book.

In June 2007 Bell toured the United Kingdom and Ireland, calling all peacemakers.

Bell launched another speaking tour on November 5, 2007, in Chicago, The Gods Aren't Angry again drew sold-out crowds in cities across North America. The subject matter of this presentation was a narrative defense of justification through faith and not works (sacrifice).

Bell's 2009 project, Drops Like Stars, explores the links between creativity and suffering. Drops Like Stars was an international tour and a book, initially handwritten by Bell, with photographs.

In July 2012 Bell held his first major event since leaving Mars Hill, speaking at the famous Viper Room night club in Los Angeles. Bell has also started hosting small conferences in Laguna Beach for "leaders, teachers, preachers, entrepreneurs artists, pastors-anyone whose work involves creating something and then turning it loose in the world." The $500 per person conference consists of two 12-hour sessions with "just the right breaks for food and surfing." During one of these events, Bell led a discussion of Spiral Dynamics (which gives another Wilber connection).

March 2013, Bell said, "“I am for marriage. I am for fidelity. I am for love, whether it’s a man and a woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.” “And I think the ship has sailed. This is the world we are living in and we need to affirm people wherever they are." He appears to distance himself further from conservative Evangelicalism, commenting on it being “a very narrow, politically intertwined, culturally ghettoized Evangelical subculture". He says that Evangelicals have “turned away lots of people” from the church by talking about God in ways that “don't actually shape people into more loving, compassionate people”, adding that Evangelicals “have supported policies and ways of viewing the world that are actually destructive, and we've done it in the name of God and we need to repent."

Books

  • Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith (2005)
  • Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections between Sexuality and Spirituality (2007)
  • Everything is Spiritual (DVD) (2007)
  • The Gods Aren't Angry (DVD) (2008)
  • Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile (2008)
  • Drops Like Stars: A Few Thoughts on Creativity and Suffering (2009)
  • Love Wins (2011)
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About God (2013)
  • The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage, (2015) with Kirsten Bell
  • How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living (2016)
  • What Is the Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything (2017)

Velvet Elvis is for people who are, in Bell's words, "fascinated with Jesus, but can't do the standard Christian package".

Tours and Shows

  • 2002-2009 - NOOMA Videos

  • September 2013 - Super Soul Sunday

    Bell was interviewed by Oprah for her Super Soul Sunday television show. Bell's book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, was also listed as the first recommended book that month in Oprah's "Book of the Month" club.

  • Sep. 5 - Nov. 15 2014 - The Life You Want
  • Rob Bell went on tour to 8 cities with Oprah and:

    • Iyanla Vanzant (New Thought spiritual teacher)
    • Elizabeth Gilbert (Promotes Buddha in her books. and the actress Julia Roberts converted to Hinduism after her role in the film Eat, Pray, Love in India in 2010.  In the summer 2016 Elizabeth divorced her husband José Nunes because she had fallen in love with her best girlfriend during the last 15 years,  Rayya Elias.)
    • Deepak Chopra 
    • Mark Nepo - spiritual guide who writes and teaches about the journey of inner transformation and the life of relationship. His #1 book The Book of Awakening is endorsed by Parker J. Palmer, Oprah Winfrey and Marianne Williamson (spiritual teacher). In his newest book, The Endless Practice: Becoming the Person You Were Born to Be, he writes: “I believe and give my heart to the notion that spirituality is listening for and living into the soul’s place on Earth. A life of spirit, regardless of the path we choose, begins with a person’s acceptance that they are part of something larger than themselves. The want to know who we really are and to know the truth of our existence and our connection to a living Universe is, to me, the fundamental life-giving question that the heart commits to once opened by love or suffering. How we are led and pushed to our true nature is what spirituality and personal growth are all about.”
  • December 21 2014 - The Rob Bell Show

    The Oprah Winfrey Network in the new series The Rob Bell Show will be teaching an innovative online course at Oprah.com/RobBell.

  • March 10-11 2015 - The New Thing in the Air, at Laguna Beach, California.

    Rob Bell and Richard Rohr was teaching on "God, Jesus, expanding consciousness, your true self, and the sense many people have that a new expression of faith is arising that is fully capable of thriving in the new world we find ourselves in…"

  • April 15 - May 23 2015 - Rob Bell and Pete Holmes: Together at Last, in 8 cities in USA.

    • Pete Holmes is an American comedian and actor. He is very interested in meditation.

  • June 15-16 2015 - Keep Going, A 2Day Event with Rob Bell at Laguna Beach, with:

    • Peter Rollins and Rob have been friends since they met in the summer of 2008 and talked for two days straight. Pete is a philosopher, storyteller, and author from Belfast, and he’s taught Rob so much about what’s often hidden in the heartbreak and ambiguity and disruptions of life. Peter has cowritten books with Scot McKnight, (Church in the Present Tense (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith): A Candid Look at What's Emerging (2011)).  How (not) to speak of God (2006) is fornt cover endorsed by Brian McLaren. The Fidelity of Betrayal (2008) is back cover endorsed by Brian McLaren and Phyllis TickleInsurrection: To Believe is Human; To Doubt, Divine (2011) and The Orthodox Heretic (2009) is fornt cover endorsed by Rob Bell.
    • Vicky Beeching is a British musician, a public theologian and religious commentator.  She is best known for her work on the American Christian rock scene, and has been described as "arguably the most influential Christian of her generation."  In an August 2014 interview with The Independent, Beeching came out as a lesbian, and was awarded third place in The Independent on Sunday's 2014 Rainbow List of influential LGBT people.
    • Carlton Cuse is a beloved friend who has taught Rob a world of wisdom about perseverance, faith, and being true to yourself. He also makes television shows.
    • Pete Holmes is an American comedian and actor.  He is very interested in meditation.
    • Kristen Bell is Rob's wife.

  • June 24-August 19 2015 - Everything is Spiritual Tour in 31 cities in USA:

    "With new discoveries right and left, more and more people are asking bigger and bigger questions about just what kind of world we’re living in and what that means for our hearts, our souls, and our spirits. On the Everything Is Spiritual tour, Rob Bell does what he does best, making surprising connections between the universe you’re living in and the life you’re living, showing us how science and spirituality are long lost dance partners. ..."

  • December 22 2015, A Revolutionary Christmas - Live at Largo
  • January 11-26 2015 - Finding Your Groove, Three 2Day Event Series in West Hollywood.
  • January 20th 2016 - Live at Largo with Pete Holmes

Rob and Pete will be on stage together again at Largo in Los Angeles.

  • Mars 5- June 25 + additional dates 2016 - How To Be Here, An event in ten big cities in USA.
  • May 30 2016: 1Day with Elizabeth Gilbert in Hollywood. A name for this weekend is Eat Pray Love Wins. Love Wins is a book by Rob Bell and Eat, Pray, Love is a book by Elizabeth Gilbert.  Her book is filled with promotions for Eastern religion and her experience with it. See above.
  • November 13 2016: 1Day with Elizabeth Gilbert in Brooklyn, NY. This event is an interactive teaching/workshop/training/shindig with Liz and Rob sitting side by side on stools talking about creativity and fear and courage and failure and joy and how to get unstuck so you can do what you’re here to do. For a day.
  • May 5 2017 in Los Angeles: The Future of Spirituality with Rob Bell: An intergenerational conversation about the future of religion, spirituality, and society. We are in a moment of tremendous transformation and evolution in every realm of human existence, but no area is being as dramatically effected as religion and spirituality. Join one of the worlds leading Christian teachers, Rob Bell, along with millennial author and contemplative activist Brandan Robertson for an intergenerational conversation about where religion and spirituality are heading and how people of faith and their communities can adapt and evolve to meet the challenges and opportunities in this new age. ​
  • May 16 - June 1 2017: Bookstore Tour: What Is the Bible?
  • July 13 - 20: The Bible Belt Tour
  • August 11-13 2017: Your Atomic Self
  • This weekend, as you tap into new levels of enthusiasm and gratitude for your life, you will learn:
    • Creative and insightful ways to think about suffering, failure, and rejection
    • How to feel like you’re no longer skimming the surface of your own existence by becoming fully present to the miracles in your daily life
    • Practical steps to overcome fear and anxiety as you step into your true self
    • Spiritual lessons that fully equip you to handle the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.
  • January 11 - May 5 2018: The Holy Shift Tour with special guest Peter Rollins. 20 events in USA.
  • July 2 - July 14 2018: The Holy Shift Tour. 9 events in UK & Ireland. Recorded in Atlanta, GA, in October 13.
  • September 15- 17 2018: What's a Knucka. 3 events in Los Angeles with Kristin Haggi.  She is best known for directing and developing the international smash-hit Rock of Ages
  • November 12-13 2018: A New Mind: 2 Days with Rob Bell.

"Can our minds truly be transformed? Is it possible to take your thoughts captive? What were those ancient mystics and saints referring to when they insisted we could have the mind of Christ?
When you’re constantly being bombarded by stimulus from every direction, how does a person learn to have a calm and centered mind leading to a life of conviction and clarity?

That’s what these 2Days are about. We’ll be thinking about thinking, from the conceptual to the practical, from the unexpectedly fresh wisdom of ancient texts to new ways of handling your phone. This is new content I’ll be giving for the first time…and of course I’d love for you to join us."

  • January 18 - April 13+ 2019: An Introduction to Joy.  In 11+ cities.


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"The Emergent Mystique". Christianity Today. 2004-11-01. http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/011/12.36.html. Retrieved 2009-05-30:

Bell says, "This is not just the same old message with new methods. We're rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life. Legal metaphors for faith don't deliver a way of life. We grew up in churches where people knew the nine verses why we don't speak in tongues, but had never experienced the overwhelming presence of God."

Bell's book Love Wins caused a major controversy within the evangelical community. The controversy was the subject of a Time Magazine cover story and a featured article in the New York Times. In the book, Bell states that "It's been clearly communicated to many that this belief (in hell as conscious, eternal torment) is a central truth of the Christian faith and to reject it is, in essence, to reject Jesus. This is misguided and toxic and ultimately subverts the contagious spread of Jesus' message of love, peace, forgiveness and joy that our world desperately needs to hear." In this book, Bell outlines a number of views of hell, including universal reconciliation (also known as universalism). Though he does not choose any one view as his own, he states "Whatever objections a person may have of [the universalist view], and there are many, one has to admit that it is fitting, proper, and Christian to long for it."


Bell in http://www.odysseynetworks.org/video/interview-why-rob-bell-supports-gay-marriage, 20th March 2013:

What we’re seeing right now in this day, I believe God pulling us ahead into greater and greater affirmation and acceptance of our gay brothers and sisters and pastors and friends and neighbors and co-workers. And we’re realizing that God made some of us one way and some of us another. And it can be a beautiful thing. And so instead of throwing stones and causing more pain and suffering in the world by excluding some and writing off others and speaking in incredibly unkindly about some, we embrace that we’re all on a journey and all of us together, whatever our particular perspective is, let’s work together on the real problems we have ahead of us.

...
And I think that’s one of the things you’re seeing right now, is you are seeing God pulling us all forward into a greater realization that we need more love. We need more fidelity. We need more monogamy. We need more people who are committed to each other. It’s not good for us to be alone. So this is a huge moment when I think lots of us are realizing the old way of seeing things doesn’t work. It causes so much pain and heartache. And God’s inviting us to see things in new ways. And we need to say yes and then we need to step into the future together.


http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2004/november/12.36.html :

In fact, as the Bells describe it, after launching Mars Hill in 1999, they found themselves increasingly uncomfortable with church. "Life in the church had become so small," Kristen says. "It had worked for me for a long time. Then it stopped working." The Bells started questioning their assumptions about the Bible itself—"discovering the Bible as a human product," as Rob puts it, rather than the product of divine fiat. "The Bible is still in the center for us," Rob says, "but it's a different kind of center. We want to embrace mystery, rather than conquer it."

"I grew up thinking that we've figured out the Bible," Kristen says, "that we knew what it means. Now I have no idea what most of it means. And yet I feel like life is big again—like life used to be black and white, and now it's in color."

And how did the Bells find their way out of the black-and-white world where they had been so successful and so dissatisfied? "Our lifeboat," Kristen says, "was A New Kind of Christian. (A New Kind of Christian was authored by Brian McLaren in 2001).

McLaren guesses that "only a few dozen" churches across the country are fully committed to the theological journey he sketched in A New Kind of Christian. Even Rob Bell did not start that journey until after founding Mars Hill Bible Church.


  • In an October 2009 sermon called I will say it again, and again, and again Rob Bell shares this mythology:
    • It’s interesting how many traditions (pause) When you read the great enlightened ones; meditation, centering prayer, reflection—in every tradition you can find the mystics—and what’s always at the heart of the spiritual lives, the everyday lives of the great ones was always a period of time.

      Whether it’s prayers, chanting, meditation, reflection, study—whatever you call it—what is it essentially; it’s taking time to breathe. Because when you’ve been breathing, (slight pause) in a proper sort of way, you’re far better equipped to handle what life throws your way. (5:41-6:23)

  • From http://apprising.org/2012/08/02/influence-of-richard-rohr-on-rob-bell-and-his-love-wins-mythology/:

    April of 2011 at the spiritual black hole Winnetka Congregational Church in Winnetka, IL: Rob Bell on "How the Catholic Church has influenced his walk with the Lord?":

      And there was a Dominican center near our house, and she [Kirsten, his wife] started going there for classes in spiritual direction. And it absolutely changed her and transformed her at a key moment in our lives. And so she’s like, “Rob, there’s this school sister of Notre Dame there who’s a spiritual director and you’ve gotta go meet with her.”

      So I started meeting with her and from there, was taken into a whole world of Ronald Rolheisers and Richard Rohrs and, um, absolutely transformed me. My understandings of incarnation, the centrality of the Eucharist, um, the world is good, um…

      So I am extraordinarily indebted. And, I even, when people talk, well “there’s Catholics and then there’s Christians”… I think they’re all followers of Jesus.

  • Bell: If your story begins in Genesis 3 with people being really bad, then your gospel will be, "We have to deal with the sin thing." And if it begins with the world is bad and people are bad then the highest…is figuring out how to evacuate and go somewhere else. If your story begins in Genesis 1, it begins with a poem of creation…and God has said, "I made this big, beautiful world and I put you in it. Now you go make something big and beautiful…" If your story begins in Genesis 1 and 2, well that’s a fundamentally different story. Then no longer is the fundamental problem getting rid of sin. The gospel then is restoration and redemption and renewal and return to how God always intended this.
  • Bell in What We Talk About When We Talk About God , www.youtube.com 5th March 2013: Things have changed; we have more information and technology than ever. We’re interacting with a broader, more diverse range of people than ever, and the tribal God, the only one many people have ever heard of, appears more and more small, and narrow, and irrelevant, and in some cases just plain mean, and other times not that intelligent.
  • Bell: There will be a massive return to the mystics in the next ten years, because people will realize that’s not crazy. There’s a whole world of understanding and wisdom about meeting God in the everyday routines of life…and I think that’s what you will see more and more as we are desperate for guidance…
  • Bell in Christianity Today, november 2004, "Emergent Mystique": "We're rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life."
  • Velvet Elvis, in the acknowlegde section, Bell thanks Erwin McManus for demanding him to Write something before he dies.
  • Velvet Elvis, footnote 143: "For a mind-blowing introduction to emergence theory and divine creativity, set aside three months and read Ken Wilber's A Brief History of Everything."
  • Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 157: "The Land produced vegetation." Notice that it doesn't say "God produced vegetation." ... God empowers creation to make more. (In this book, man is co-creating with God, and the reason is that all creation is divine.)

Sannhet

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 79: Sannheten er overalt, og alle kan finne den.  Men Paulus går lenger: For ham er sannheten større enn hans religion. Legg merke til hva han gir uttrykk for i brevet til Titus. Han skriver om mennesker som bor på Kreta at selv en blant deres egne profeter har sagt: "Kreterne er alltid løgnere, onde villdyr, glupske og late!" Dette vitnesbyrdet er sant."  Paulus siterer altså en av kreternes profeter, og så bekrefter han at denne mannen hadde rett i det han sa. "Dette vitnesbyrdet er sant." Det profeten sier er sant, så Paulus siterer ham. Alle er i stand til å tale sannhet, ifølge Paulus. Alle – fra ethvert ståsted, fra enhver religion, uansett hvor de kommer fra.  Og disse ordene i brevet til Titus, dette sitatet fra en av kreternes profeter, står i Bibelen. Så Guds ord inneholder ord som er uttalt av en profet fra Kreta.  Paulus bekrefter sannheten overalt der han støter på den.
  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 80: Hvis det er sant, hvis det er skjønt, hvis det er ære verd, hvis det er rett, så gjør krav på det. Fordi det er fra gud. Og dere høre Gud til. Filosofen Arthur Holmes er kjent for ordene: "All sannhet er Guds sannhet." (Han utga i 1977 boka "All Truth is God’s Truth") Dette er et flott utsagn, for hva slags annen sannhet finnes det? Som kristen kan jeg fritt gjøre krav på det gode, sanne og hellige, uansett hvor og når jeg oppdager det. Jeg lever i vissheten om at sannheten er større enn noen religion og at verden og alt i den tilhører Gud.
  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 81: ... Det spiller ingen rolle hvor jeg finner det (sannhet), hvem som sier det eller lever det, eller hva de tror på, jeg tilegner meg sannheten og sier ja til den uansett hvor jeg finner den. Alt hører meg til.  Hvorfor skulle det overraske oss når sannheten dukker opp på de mest uventede steder?

Bell in Velvet Elvis: I affirm the truth anywhere in any religious system, in any worldview. If it's true, it belongs to God.

Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 44: Is the Bible the best God can do?

Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 108: The point of the cross isn’t forgiveness,

Bell in Velvet Elvis, The Bible itself is a book that constantly must be wrestled with and re-interpreted. ... Bible interpretation is colored by historical context, the reader’s bias and current realities. The more you study the Bible, the more questions it raises. It is not possible to simply do what the Bible says.

Omvendelse er synd

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 147: Da Jesus døde på korset, døde han for alle mennesker. Alle. Overalt. Alle stammer og tungemål, alle folk og nasjoner. (Åp 5,9) Jesus sa at når han ble løftet opp, ville han trekke alle mennesker til seg. (Joh 12,32) Alle mennesker. Overalt. Alles synd ble naglet til korset med Jesus. Så denne virkeligheten, denne tilgivelsen, denne forsoningen, er sann for alle. Paulus insisterte på at da Jesus døde på korset, forsonte han "alle ting med seg selv, alt i himmelen og på jorden". (Kol 1,20) Alle ting, overalt. Denne sannheten er følgelig ikke noe som blir sant om oss når vi foretar oss noe. Den er allerede sann. Vi må velge om vi vil leve i denne nye virkeligheten eller klamre oss fast til en selvskapt virkelighet.

Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 146: So this is reality, this forgiveness, this reconciliation, is true for everybody. Paul insisted that when Jesus died on the cross, he was reconciling “all things, in heaven and on earth, to God.” All things, everywhere. …This reality then isn’t something we make come true about ourselves by doing something. It is already true. Our choice is to live in this new reality or cling to a reality of our own making.

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 148: Når vi velger Guds visjon av hvem vi er, lever vi etter Guds forsett for oss. Vi lever i pakt med den måten vi skal leve på i evigheten. Dette er himmelens liv her og nå. Og når vi lever dette livet, i harmoni med Guds forsett for oss, blir himmelens liv mer og mer nærværende i vårt liv. Himmelen kommer ned til jorden. Det var derfor Jesus lærte disiplene å be: "La din vilje skje på jorden som i himmelen." Det finnes et sted, en himmel, der tingene er slik Gud vil at de skal være. Når vi lever slik, kommer himmelen hit. Til dette stedet, til denne verden, den verden vi lever i.
  • Bell i FløyelsElvis, s. 152-53: Det hebraiske orde t’shuva betyr "å vende tilbake". Vende tilbake til de mennesker vi ble skapt til å være. ... Gud har skapt oss i sitt bilde. Vi gjenspeiler skjønnheten, skapertrangen og undringen hos den Gud som skapte oss. Og Jesus kaller oss tilbake til vårt sanne jeg. Til det rene, hellige folket som Gud fra først ønsket at vi skulle være, før vi vek av fra veien. Et sted i ditt indre finnes dette ditt egentlige jeg som du ble skapt til å være. Vi har behov for at du er deg selv. Vi har ikke behov for enda en hvemsomhelst. Vi trenger den første deg! Problemet er at Guds bilde har fått dype rifter i oss alle, og vi har mistet tilliten til Guds versjon av vår historie. Den er liksom for god til å være sann. Så vi fortsetter å søke vår identitet. Vi presterer og presser oss selv, og vi iverksetter og vi handler og vi trimmer og vi utretter store ting i vår lengsel etter å reparere Guds bilde. Lengter etter å finne en identitet som oppleves som riktig. Lengter etter å trives med oss selv. Men det vi leter etter, er ikke et annet sted. Det er her! Og vi kan bare finne det når vi slutter å lete, når vi overgir oss og viser tillit. Stoler på at Gud allerede har begynt å sette oss i stand.

Himmelen (kommer hit)

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, med referanse til The Divine Conspiracy av Dallas Willard, s. 145: For Jesus var ikke evig liv en tilstand i fremtiden som vi skulle få del i et annet sted - det var en livskvalitet som begynner her og nå. ... Poenget er ikke å kontrollere synden.
  • Bell i FløyelsElvis, s. 149: For Jesus var ikke spørsmålet: Hvordan kan jeg komme til himmelen? Det var: Hvordan kan jeg bringe himmelen hit?

Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 147, 148: For Jesus, the question wasn’t how do I get into Heaven? but how do I bring heaven here? ... The goal of Jesus isn't to get into heaven. The goal is to get heaven here.

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 151-152: Hele Bibelen taler om en Gud som ønsker å være her sammen med sitt folk. Senere omtales menigheten som Guds tempel. Og hvordan slutter Bibelen? Med Gud som "kommer ned" og tar bolig her på jorden. Sann åndelighet dreier seg altså ikke om å komme bort fra denne verden og til et annet sted der vi skal være i all evighet. Den kristne er ikke én som tror at han skal tilbringe evigheten i himmelen. Den kristne er én som ser frem til å leve her i evigheten, i en ny himmel som kommer ned til jorden.  Målet er ikke å komme bort fra denne verden, men å gjøre denne verden til et sted som Gud kan komme til. Og Gud forvandler oss til mennesker som er i stand til å utføre en slik oppgave.

Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis, p. 154?: The goal isn’t escaping this world but making this world the kind of place God can come to. And God is remaking us into the kind of people who can do this kind of work.

  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, s. 175: Helt sentralt i å gjenvinne skaperverket og være et fellesskap under den oppstandne står stadfestelsen av at da Gud skapte verden, sa han at det var "godt". Og det er det fremdeles. Mat og musikk og kunst og venner og historier og elver og vann og hav og latter og ... sa jeg mat? Gud har gitt oss livet, og Gud ønsker at vi skal leve det. Det er menighetens oppgave å føre an og stadfelset – og enda viktigere: nyte skaperverkets godhet! Vi skal ikke noe annet sted ved tidenes ende, for denne verden er vårt hjem. ... Noe av det mest tragiske som noen gang har skjedd med evangeliet, var at vi begynte å tale om at Jesus skulle føre oss til et annet sted dersom vi trodde på ham. Bibelen ender med at Gud kommer hit.
  • Bell i Sex&Gud, s. 190: Det Johannes får se, er ikke mennesker som bryter opp og reiser til et annet sted.  Han ser Gud som stigr ned for å bo og være blant oss.
  • Bell i Sex&Gud, s. 192-193 (teksten er tvetydig; beskriver Bell "himmelen" eller at sex er et bilde på Nirvana?): Hvis ekteskapet har en funksjon, og den er å gi verden håp, hva skjer da når verden ikke lenger har bruk for håp? Hva skjer med ekteskapet når alt håp har blitt mettet? Hvis sex har med tilknytning å gjøre, hva skjer da når alle til slutt har blitt forent med Gud? ... Hva skjer da når mann og kvinne blir fullstendige i seg selv? Hva skjer når vi kan finne alt det vi nå trenger fra hverandre, hos Gud? Hva skjer i Guds nærvær når vi endelig er alt vi en gang ble skapt til å være? Hvis ekteskapet skal si oss noe om Guds enhet, hva skjer da når alle står som ett under Gud? Hvis ekteskapet er et bilde på noe annet, hva skjer da med ekteskapet når vi innser at vi lever midt i dette andre?  Er sex i sin beste, reneste, ærligste og gledeligste form, et lite glimt av evigheten? Er sex et bilde på himmelen? ... Kanskje visste Jesus at det vi har i vente, vil sette alle jordiske opplevelser i skyggen.

Meditation

Rob Bell in Liturgist show January 15? 2015: "Created in honor of Mother’s Day, God our Mother is a liturgy that explores both the scriptures that speak of God in a maternal context and the limits of human language in describing an infinite God.

God Our Mother includes an apophatic contemplative meditation. Apophatic disciplines seek to push beyond language and rational thinking in the context of God’s Holiness, and can be very powerful. For this reason, we recommend that spiritual practices like apophaticism are best moderated through scripture, tradition, and some form of spiritual community."

Apophatic meditation is also known as Daoist meditation, which refers to the traditional meditative practices associated with the Chinese philosophy and religion of Daoism, including concentration, mindfulness, contemplation, and visualization. Techniques of Daoist meditation are historically interrelated with Buddhist meditation, and goes back to the 6th-century Daoists who developed meditation from Tiantai Buddhist anapanasati “mindfulness of breath” practices.


  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, fotnote 60 og 64 går til N. T. Wright og forelesningen How can the Bible be Authorative?
  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, fotnote 125: Du må lese The Divine Conspiracy av Dallas Willard.
  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, fotnote 127: "Kontroll av synder" er et uttrykk Dallas Willard behandler utførlig i det andre kapittelet i sin bok The Divine Conspiracy.
  • Bell i Fløyelselvis, fotnote 145: Sett av tre måneder og få en overveldende innledning til emergensteori og guddommelig skaperkraft i Ken Wilbers A Brief History of Everything.
  • Bell i SEX&GUD, fotnote 20: Få med deg en veldig nyttig forklaring på helvetet, i Following Jesus av N. T. Wright.  Kapittel 10.
  • Bell i SEX&GUD, fotnote 38: Jeg kaller ham min venn, men han er like mye både helt og profet.  Shane Claiborne bor i Philadelphia og utga for nylig boka Irrestible Revolution.
  • Bell i SEX&GUD, fotnote 90: Vennligst gå bort og les alt Donald Miller noen gang har skrevet.
  • In Love Wins, Rob Bell recommends The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Christ Tradition by Huston Smith because of what Smith says about God.  Smith has not only studied, but practiced Hinduism, Zen Buddhism and Islam for over ten years each!  As a young man Huston Smith turned from Methodism to Mysticism by the influence of Aldous Huxley, a Mystic author.  Huston Smith’s core belief is Universalism. Huston Smith wrote Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World's Religions in 1976. Ken Wilber endorsed the 1992 edition as "truly extraordinary".
  • In Love Wins, Rob Bell recommends Richard Rohr (The Naked Now and Everything Belongs)) and N. T. Wright (Surprised by Hope) and Greg Boyd. And he thanks Erwin McManus for his counsel in 2005.  The teenage version is endorsed by Eugene Peterson.
  • The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard is among Rob Bell's favourite books.
  • Dan Kimball, Rick McKinley, Donald Miller, and Chris Seay have all also taught at Mars Hill Bible Church and all consider themselves friends with Rob Bell.
  • At one point, Doug Pagitt spoke at Mars Hill, when Rob was apparently sick with bronchitis. Pagitt was not apparently asked, but did Rob a favor by filling in for him for that day.
  • In 2011 Michael Dowd called Rob Bell "one of my brothers in The Great Work. ... I wholeheartedly applaud Rob and his ministry."
  • Rob Bell endorsed Immortal Diamond (2013) by Richard Rohr
  • http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130315/NEWS06/303150084/Author-Rob-Bell-visits-Nashville-talk-about-God Author Rob Bell visits Nashville to talk about God, Mar 15, 2013 He argued that the Bible teaches that the whole world is filled with God’s presence. Bell summed up his new book in three short statements: “God is with us. God is for us. God is ahead of us.”
  • Rob Bell, Oct 2014 in http://robbellcom.tumblr.com/: What is the Bible? Part 70: Wear the Shirt.
    If someone were to ask you what one of the central themes of the Bible is, is that how you would answer? That God is throwing a party and everyone is invited? ...
    The message for us? You can resist the invitation. You can choose destruction. You can choose to be miserable. You can choose to create your own hell here and now. You can be petty and selfish and mean and greedy. You can reject the invitation to the party.
    But the party will rage on anyway. Without you. This is why lots of talk about God’s love can sound squishy after a while if it doesn’t include very real reminders to choose life, love, joy, peace, surrender and generosity. Our choices matter. Our behavior matters. Our intentions matter. Our beliefs about who we are and what we’re doing here matter. God is throwing a party, and we’re all invited.
  • Rob Bell in Super Soul Sunday television program, February 15, 2015, Oprah with Rob and Kristen Bell: How to Transform Your Relationships: ...the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters and aunts and uncles and co-workers and neighbors and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”
  • Toledo faith & values, Aug 2, 2015: Hipster preacher Rob Bell is mashing up quantum physics, Jewish Kabbalah and Catholic mysticism to explain humanity’s future evolution. In his 30-city “Everything Is Spiritual” tour, the former megachurch pastor and short-lived Oprah Winfrey Network talk-show host delivers a two-hour monologue aimed to a millennial generation less interested in sin and judgment and more attuned to science and cosmic connections. “A bunch of the old stories that we used to rely on just aren’t working anymore,” Bell told a crowd of almost 500 during a tour stop in Durham. “I want to take a stab at a new story.” ... Bell maps Christian faith onto modern evolutionary science, quoting New Age healing championDeepak Chopra, Sufi mystic Rumi and Catholic theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin ... Tony Jones, a theologian, author and blogger, said Bell is at the leading edge of a cultural move toward mysticism. ... Drawing on the evolutionary theology of the early 20th-century Jesuit paleontologist Teilhard, Bell argues that ever since the Big Bang, matter has been developing more complexity, depth and unity. Particles bonded to form atoms. Atoms bonded to form molecules. Molecules bonded to form cells. Cells bonded to form organisms. Humans developed language to form social bonds. ... “The universe moves forward when people of similar essence and substance bond together. Loneliness is going the wrong direction. Racism is the failure to bond with another of similar essence and substance."
  • Rob Bell in an interview in Inlander, Aug 6, 2015: I had been reading the early Kabala mystics. There’s this esoteric commentary about the idea of zimzum, this act of withdrawing and contracting.
  • The Prayer of Examen is a daily spiritual exercise typically credited to Ignatius of Loyola. In september 2009 Rob Bell gave the Mars Hill Bible Church a guided version as a printed document.
  • Church Times 14 June 2018, Heresy, holiness, and Oprah: Rob Bell interviewed : Bell had absolutely no intention to lead a church in LA. “I’m not ever in churches or overtly religious spaces. The whole thing is a temple. That drives what I do more than anything. As opposed to trying to build a temple, I come along and announce that the whole thing is a temple, the whole earth.”

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