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I’m in Glasgow again. I know… I’m hard to track down some days.

Yesterday I was at a promotional/pastor/talking/meeting thing with Rob Bell (author of Velvet Elvis – which of course you’ve all read by now – and creator/innovator of the Nooma teaching DVD series).

We started by watching the latest Nooma, Breathe, which has just been released Stateside, dont think it’s out here yet. Then Rob spoke very brielfy on who he is, what he does, etc. Then it was thrown open to a question time.

There were several points I loved/was impacted by:

* The Hebrew mind is completely comfortable with tension, with the idea that two things can be true at the same time.

* Someone asked him about his teaching, and he said that he doesn’t teach anything that hasn’t already been brewing deep inside him for months or even years.

* “Some people simply aren’t going to be able to make the journey.”

Rob also shared something they did one Easter weekend, which I thought was an amazing idea. Instead of having a Good Friday service, they had a ‘Bad Friday’ service – a day of mourning, real sadness and rawness and emotion, which leaves the tension unresolved until the Easter Sunday service, when they blow the roof off with praise! How great an idea is that, how much more powerful would it make Easter feel to me or you?

Rob Bell & Me

8 thoughts on “Tension

  1. Hi Emmsy,
    Nice to meet you on this blog-o-sphere. I stumbled onto your blog, and to be honest, I was pretty impressed by your insight and thoughts, especially considering your age (19?). Good for you! That is so great.

    I’ll have to tell my husband about your blog as well. He just did a review on Velvet Elvis (, and he is in school studying Mathematics and Computer Science… does that ring a bell?

    Anyway, keep up the great work.

  2. Motu, thanks for the kind words. Curious as to how you stumbled onto my blog? Velvet Elvis is a book that continues to challenge me to step outside the box and experience God in new ways, for that I’m so grateful.

    Also, how funny is it that your husband is studying the same thing as me??

  3. I saw one of your comments on Jim Martin’s blog, which led me here.

    Yes, I’m looking forward to reading VE, it’s next in my que.

    Have a great weekend and I’ll visit again soon.

  4. Hi, stumbled over your blog via a comment from you on TSK blog, only just got into Rob Bell, his book and teaching etc over last few months, his series at Mars Hill “Jesus Wants to Save Christians” is v challenging and we are using it in the small group that I am a member of, all the talks are available free of charge @ Happy memories of Glasgow, did my MBA at Strathclyde and best man at wedding is from Anniesland.

  5. Simon,
    Glad you are learning and growing though Rob’s ministry. I like the sound of that series, might get hold of it! Loving being in Glasgow these days, took a bit of getting used to (from a farm) but I love it. Hope you comment again soon.

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