Pete Rollins: You Cannot Hear the Revelation Without Heeding It

Pete Rollins always wigs me out a little bit. My philosophical vocabulary is sorely lacking – continental philosophy all the more. So when I try to listen to someone like Rollins or Caputo I know that I’m barely reaching for the low hanging fruit. If I could change one thing about my life it would probably be that I would have majored in Philosophy in college instead of Biology, then maybe I’d be more conversant. Still I find Rollins to be a gracious conversation partner for neophytes like me.

I’ve heard him tell these stories a few different times, always pointing to the reality that the gospel isn’t an idea you can know or understand apart from the experience of it because the gospel is not, strictly speaking, an idea. The gospel is an experience of the living God through Jesus Christ which transforms us in ways too profound to be explained by mere rational abstractions. You cannot hear the revelation without heeding it. If you hear without heeding, you have never really heard. Here’s a brilliant clip, well worth the 3 minutes it takes to watch it.

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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.