Posted on August 30, 2011 by Robb
It doesn’t matter what perspective you come from, if you are in any way involved with Christianity you will probably have an opinion about Rob Bell. This past weekend at Greenbelt was buzzing with talk of the man who would take to main stage on Saturday morning. People were intrigued by what he was going to say or do. Everyone loves a a scandal or controversy. Later when talking with people about who they had seen so far, Rob Bell seemed to be the topic of conversation that they would inevitably return to.
I don’t really have an opinion about the Rob Bell I saw at Greenbelt weekend. When I went to the big top for a later talk he was sitting on the grass four feet in front of us. I can confirm that Rob Bell is a mortal man. He eyeballed me as he left the venue and they are very much the eyes of a normal guy looking down the road in front of him.
There is a much more interesting take on the engaging nature of an encounter with Rob Bell on John Khurt’s blog. Here there is a fascinating post entitled “An Atheist’s Encounter With Rob Bell”. I suggest you read the whole thing as it is a great read. For now I will leave you the concluding paragraph (spoiler alert).
We live in in an age of continuous scientific development and this continues to raises doubts about all forms of faith. Rob Bell and like-minded Christians offer a potential conduit towards the restoration of credibility for Christianity. Furthermore, from a self-interested perspective, although not ‘a believer’, I feel more involved and included and, most importantly, open and curious towards faith and the message of Jesus.
Whatever your view of “that book” this is the sort of encounter with Christianity that the world is seeking.
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Posted on August 23, 2011 by Robb
Apologies for my absence on the blog. It has been all go round these ‘ere parts. One thing that I have been doing is preparing for Greenbelt festival. I thought I’d let you all know what’s happening and where you can find me if you are coming to Greenbelt this year.
This has involved a long distance trip for Fr Simon who came all the way up to God’s Country to rehearse for the Blesséd Mass on Friday night. Metanoia (the band for the Rock Mass) have been preparing for the live music aspects of the opening service of the festival. It has been fantastic working with Fr Simon and the Blesséd and we’re really looking forward to worshipping together. I’ll probably grab two minutes to say more after the service itself. Please come along to the Big Top on Friday evening at 5:30 to be truly Blesséd.
I will also be helping out with the social media surgeries for Graham Richards. I may also be in The Jesus Arms. It’s just possible.
If you are going to Greenbelt this year, please come along and say hello. I’ll probably be tweeting throughout.
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Posted on August 8, 2011 by Robb
Hayley Matthews has done a podcast for Fresh Expressions sharing her experiences of being a pioneer minister. Well worth a listen!
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Posted on August 6, 2011 by Robb
Posted on August 3, 2011 by Robb
Since “Fresh Expressions” was coined as an all encompassing, Anglican and Methodist friendly term for anything ‘alt:worship’ or ‘emerging church’ it has undergone an ongoing process of evolution. This can be somewhat problematic when introducing groups to these concepts. I was asked by my diocese to speak for a couple of hours to a group of prospective ordinands about “that stuff you’re into. You know, that fresh expressions type stuff”. We started with something experiential [alt:worship in a conference room with things I can carry in a bag?]. Then as we explored the topic together I found myself starting back at the very beginning and charting the progression.
Edward Green has written a great blog post looking at Fresh Expressions then and Fresh Expressions now. I won’t reproduce it here, but please go and take part in the conversation about the future shape of church.
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