In case you’ve been living under a rock, Rob Bell is leaving Mars Hill Bible Church, which he founded, in Grandville, Michigan. He’s moving his family to California and developing a television show for ABC. Knowing Rob as I do (I don’t), I’m guessing he’s also working on a movie script, a tour, and probably a time machine. He’s a person of unique aptitudes. Thinking that he would stay indefinitely in a parish church situation is akin to thinking that Steve Jobs should have been the manager of an Apple Store.
Zach, a mutual friend of Rob and me (see, I’m only one degree of separation from Rob Bell!), has written a provocative post in the face of criticism that Bell’s departure has received from conservative Christian leaders like Mark Driscoll and Rick Warren. Zach writes,
In a nutshell, more conservative folks seem to be more skeptical when a successful, well-known pastor decided to leave their churches behind.
Then he continues,
Nowhere have I seen any prominent liberal voice object to Bell moving on. (If so please point me to it)
Well, I’ve got an answer for Zach: