I love Rob Bell.
Velvet Elvis is definitely one of the most important books I’ve ever read.
I could have read Blue Like Jazz first, but I didn’t.
You see, I’d emerged from a culture that valued piety over honesty (of course no one was honest enough to ever say so)…
and to read a book that was so honest written by a pastor? well…
It really changed me and the way I view myself, God, the church, and the world.
Honestly though, I was writing in fragments before he made it popular.
I enjoyed an interview with Rob over at Burnside Writers.
a few of my favorite excerpts:
On concise writing:
The first century rabbis were not praised for going on and on and on and on. Great rhetoric has never been about how many words one can fill the air with, itís always been about how clean and uncluttered and lean an idea can be articulated.
On unity and cooperation:
The center of Jesusí teaching is ďLove your enemies.Ē Making enemies isnít interesting. Fear isnít interesting.
Fear is great for fund-raising. Itís great to raise money on talk radio that way. Create an enemy and youíre set. But weíd prefer to have a meal with the enemies. Thatís more interesting.