Most Christians who’ve heard of him will be surprised that that’s even possible anymore.
Rob Bell, the pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, has a two page spread in the latest issue of Time magazine.
(Rob also wrote the excellent foreword for I Sold My Soul on eBay.)
Even as an atheist who disagrees with many of his core beliefs, I’m still willing to lend an ear to just about anyone who can effectively promote an anti-Religious-Right form of Christianity. And right now, he’s the best person out there at doing that.
If more Christians followed Rob (and people like him) rather than most of the other Christian “leaders” in the spotlight, the focus of much of the collective atheist anger would change. There would at least be less overlap between religion and politics.
Polling by the evangelically oriented Barna research group shows that at least half of regular churchgoers ages 16 to 29 think their church is too judgmental, too political and too negative about homosexuality…Bell, 37, is guilty of none of the negatives. He is largely apolitical, thinks that only those with gay friends are positioned to judge homosexuality–and he tinkers marvelously.