Dust – 008 by Rob Bell

Dust 008I attended a ‘postmodern’ (they described as postmodern, when I asked what that meant, not one person knew) church service that played a video (called a NOOMA). It asked the question: Believing in God is important, but what about God believing in us?

Dust – 008Believing in God is important, but what about God believing in us? Believing that we can actually be the kind of people we were meant to be. People of love, compassion, peace, forgiveness, and hope. People who try to do the right thing all of the time. It’s easy for us to sometimes get down on ourselves. To feel “not good enough” or feel like we don’t have what it takes. But maybe if we had more insight into the culture that Jesus grew up in and some of the radical things He did, we’d understand the faith that God has in all of us.

Does “God believe that we can actually be the kind of person we were meant to be”?

  • Joe Thorn

    September 17, 2005, 7:41 pm

    I would have said some of it differently, but his basic message is great there. Jesus chooses us (the undeserving, unqualified) to become his followers, with the understanding that we can become like him. Yeah, HS is central to the truth, as are other issues. But Bell’s point there, as I remember that video, was to show the grace/condescencion of Jesus as Master Teacher/Rabbi/Messiah inviting all who will come to follow.

  • D. Goodmanson

    September 17, 2005, 7:57 pm

    Ok, maybe I’m looking for too much like a mention of the Holy Spirit or a qualifier on ‘God believes in us’, like he’s really, really hoping we make it… God doesn’t believe in us in the sense that we can complete the salvific task. To me God is God, He doesn’t believe, He knows. He doesn’t believe in us, He sends the Holy Spirit to get the job done.

    I imagine the rest of the service is what made me examine things in a more critical light…the service had a lot of moments that caused me to flinch.

  • Joe Thorn

    September 18, 2005, 12:51 pm

    Yeah, I agree with you. It is not the whole picure (11 minute video sermonettes don’t leave a lot of room I suppose), and a lot was not said that would help clarify. I guess I watched it with a friend in a hotel room, and while I flinched at the “God believes” wording, I was encouraged by the basic message. I would not show it without commentary/explanation/discussion. Perhaps in a small group setting.

  • Joshua Blankenship

    October 1, 2005, 7:35 pm

    Having been on staff at church who makes frequent use of these types of media (not Nooma specifically, more often in-house creations, but the same idea) and that style of communication, we found out very quickly how important the way we say things can be.

    I don’t think we, as believers, communicate in the best possible ways most of the time. HOW we say WHAT we say is infinitely important. (i.e. we agree with what Bell’s getting at, but the phrasing and semantics are potentially confusing and/or flinch-inducing.)