Books , Rob Bell. First published by Zondervan in This review refers to the HarperCollins paperback edition, published in Rob Bell is perhaps one of the more controversial figures in American Christianity today.

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For thousands of years followers of Jesus, like artists, have understood that we have to keep going, exploring what it means to live in harmony with God and each other.

The Christian faith tradition is filled with change and growth and transformation. Jesus took part in this process by calling people to rethink faith and the Bible and hope and love and everything else, and by inviting them into the endless process of working out how to live as God created us to live.

We learn and grow, and the world around us shifts, and the Christian faith is alive only when it is listening, morphing, innovating, letting go of whatever has gotten in the way of Jesus and embracing whatever will help us be more and more the people God wants us to be.

This book is for those who need a fresh take on Jesus and what it means to live the kind of life he teaches us to live. And we love it. We are alive in ways we never thought possible. We are caught up in something we gladly give our lives to. This is the place I write from: a place of joy and freedom, as a member of a community wanting to invite others to come along on the journey.

We are just getting started. What I do know is that this pursuit of Jesus is leading us backward as much as forward. Post to Cancel.


Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

He talks about humility, about asking questions, about wrestling with the biblical text—phrases that many evangelicals use daily. But I am convinced that when Bell brings all these things together, the result is something far more revolutionary than what appears on the surface. In fact, it is hard to avoid the conclusion that Bell actually ends up throwing the entire Christian gospel up for grabs. God is made so mysterious, doctrine is deemed so questionable, and biblical interpretations are so relativized that in the end, Bell leaves us wondering if anything can be known for sure, or if any understanding of the Christian faith and gospel is any better than any other. Now that analogy has some truth to it. Conceiving of Christian doctrines as springs allows Bell to say that getting the doctrines right is not really that important. It was added later.


Velvet Elvis

I wasn't sure what to expect from this, having been rather mixed in my reactions to Rob Bell's other books. But I found it very appealing, right from the start. The concept of God being concerned with I found this to be a very interesting read.


Book Review: “Velvet Elvis: Repainting The Christian Faith,” by Rob Bell

This introduction to the Christian faith is definitely outside the usual evangelical box. Bell wants to offer "a fresh take on Jesus"—a riff that begins with the assertion that Jesus wanted to "call people to live in tune with reality" and that he "had no use for religion. He mocks literalists whose faith seems to depend on a six-day creation, and one of his favorite people is a woman who turned up repeatedly at his church, only to tell him that she totally disagreed with his teachings. He cites his church as a place of forgiveness, mystery, community and transformation. Bell is well-versed in Jewish teachings and draws from rabbinic wisdom and stories freely.


Book Review: Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, by Rob Bell

Bell says : "What are some of Jesus' final words? On the Cross. Questioning God. Bell says : "Jesus expects his followers to be engaged in the endless process of deciding what it meant to actually live the Scriptures" pg. Bell says : "It is our turn to redefine and reshape and dream [Christianity] all up again" pg. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received , let him be under a divine curse! Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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