Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Rob Bell on Blogging

You have to be so totally disconnected from the pain of the world to think that blogging is somehow a redemptive use of your time.

15 comments:

sewfunky said...

things that make you go hmmmm... and not really in a good way.

servant said...

What's the context of that comment?

onscreen said...

Context? Can't remember, but you can read the full article tomorrow (Hopefully) and leave an informed comment then :o)

servant said...

Sweet as :)

servant said...

Just read it and it's a response to critics. Will post some thoughts on my... blog :)

onscreen said...

Thats right, steal my ideas.... ;o)

Rhett said...

That's brilliant!

I knida agree... for me it's way more of an indulgence. But hey, we're allowed to have 'play time'. As for seeing it as a ministry... I'm yet to be convinced.

servant said...

That's because your blog is a toy Rhett ;)

Rhett said...

Maybe, but I think Mr Bell makes a good point (and I did read his quote in the context of the interview). I'm not convinced tat the effectiveness of attempted ministry through blogging matches the effectiveness of using your time for ministry in other ways, whether that be more onvolvement in your local church or other ways.

I think Bell touches on a fundamental when he talks about the 'pain of the world'. For me physical presence is still so important.

servant said...

No real disagreement there. Physical presence is the ultimate, though I do consider blogging an effective PART of what I do just as I consider radio to be effective though it does not involve the ultimate expression of physical presence.

If we negated any form of ministry that didn't involve it's ultimate context, we'd be cutting off a few limbs of a contextual approach. There are lives we will never be able to connect with in an embodied manner that we can make initial contact with using other forms of communication.

Rob Bell has ministered greatly to me, yet we've never been in the same room. He's found other forms of communication to express Truth to the world. I consider blogging one of those forms. I have a form of contact with people who don't share my worldview, through my blog that I would never have had contact with any other way. Is it as good as a relationship formed through physical presence? No, but it's still a point of contact. Let's remember that your initial contact with Cession was through the internet. :)

Rhett said...

Totally :-). I stumbled upon the Cession website, which I truly believe was a God-influenced event.

But that lead to me coming to the church and connecting. If I'd just connected with Cessionites on a purely internet level, that would have been pretty limiting. I see blogging in the same way.

servant said...

Very true. The internet can be frustratingly limiting at times and is notorious at leading people to misunderstandings and heated arguments that should never have been heated.

servant said...

It's official, physicality is better than the internet. I was just looking through the physical pages of the Manna catalogue and got to the Rob Bell/N.T Wright spread and it's so much sexier/sensual in real life. The graphic on the Manna blog is cool... but to touch it and smell it is so much nicer.....


;)

onscreen said...

I'm going to send Di and email to make sure you're not doing inappropriate things with my catalogue....

servant said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

I make sure I'm on my own when I engage the catalogue.....

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