Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Why I Love/Hate Rob Bell
Why I LOVE Rob Bell. Duh. He's brilliant. And real. And he has a way of communicating that gets to the truth of the matter without sounding judgmental or condescending. And he says what needs to be said. Why I HATE Rob Bell. Because I compare myself to him. Almost every week. I think about the talk I just gave, and then think, "the talk Rob gave this weekend was probably 50x better." And that's a personal thing -- I'll get over it. But I have a bigger question: What does the Rob Bell/John Ortberg/Donald Miller/David Crowder (insert favorite Christian celebrity here) mean to what I'm trying to do here in my local edition of the "big C" Church? What do I say to someone who might say to me, "I download Rob Bell every week. I listen to a couple worship CD's every week. And I have a few Christian friends. I really don't need a church." Rob Bell is a better teacher than what I can offer. The David Crowder Band is a better worship leader than anyone that we as a ministry can put on stage. And if you're going to be a part of our community, it won't always be easy because not everybody is like you and therefore there will be friction. Just to be fair, this isn't a new phenomenom. Only the names have changed, from Swindoll to Bell, from Michael W. Smith to Chris Tomlin. We seem to have an insatiable desire to create celebrities. Or maybe I'm just cynical, petty and jealous that I'm not one of them. So here's my question...am I making a mountain out of a mole hill or does the Rob Bell phenomenon undermine the local church? ps. I hope you understand that I really am a fan of everyone mentioned in this post, so please don't feel like you need to defend anyone.
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:47 AM