Some of my thoughts of late have been colored by the book Velvet Elvis. It is by Rob Bell the guy from Mars Hill Church. The post I made a while back about questions was a direct result of this book, and I can’t believe I haven’t talked about it yet.
There are few things that I don’t really agree with, but that is true about most things I read. For the most part it is a very challenging book that forced me to look at Christianity in a different way. Here are some quotes, and I could do literally hundreds, but I like these.
Over time when you purposefully try to live the way of Jesus, you start noticing something deeper going on. You begin realizing the reason this is the best way to live is that it is rooted in profound truths about how the world is. You find yourself living more and more in tune with ultimate reality. You are more and more in sync with how the universe is at its deepest levels. Jesus’ intention was, and is, to call people to live in tune with reality. (21)
The moment God is figured out with nice neat lines and definitions, we are no longer dealing with God. We are dealing with somebody we made up. And is we made him up, then we are in control. (25)
God has spoken, and everything else is commentary. (52)
We have to embrace the Bible as the wild, uncensored, passionate account it is of people experiencing the living God. (63)
I wasn’t even sure I was a Christian anymore. I didn’t even know if I wanted to be a Christian anymore. (104)
Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God has made you to be. And anything else you do is sin and you need to repent of it. (114)
And those few who do the difficult work, who stare their junk in the face, who get counsel, who let Jesus into all of the rooms in their soul that no one ever goes in, they make a difference. They are so different; they’re coming from such a different place that their voices inevitably get heard above the others. They are pursuing wholeness and shalom, and it’s contagious. They inspire me to keep going. (120)
litter and pollution are spiritual issues. (158)
Most of the messages we receive are about how to make life easier. The cal of Jesus goes the other direction: It’s about making our lives more difficult. It is going out of our way to be more generous and disciplined and loving and free. It is refusing to escape and become numb to and check out of this broken, fractured world. (169)