blink blinkity blink

Hi, my name is Ryan, and I love me some Rob Bell.

Just this week I had someone say to me, “Well, I know you’re a fan of Rob Bell, so… I wasn’t sure where you stood on the issue.” What??

I can’t imagine how much it must suck to have so many people misunderstand you on a daily basis. I’ve heard people say the most ridiculous things about what Rob believes — stuff that he has repeatedly clarified over and over and over again (virgin birth, heaven and hell, are they prescription or just for looks, etc…). But anywho…

Rob was our guest speaker last night in my high school ministry. We watched his recent Nooma filmShe“, and then had a pretty sweet open forum discussion. We had the students break off into groups a few times to discuss a question we gave them, then come back and share their answers with the group. Our students are really sharp! They had some great insights.

After the video last night we had a little contest with our students. We had all of them write down how many times they thought Rob Bell blinked during the film. We can only see Rob for about half the time, so… how many times do you think he blinked while on camera?

508 times.

I wonder if he knows that he’s got that going on.

I watched myself teach one time on video with the audio muted. I was saying all sorts of things with my hands, eyes, and posture that I’m not sure I intended.

What do you do? Do you have any quirks that people have called you on? Do you love Rob Bell too? haha!

This post is dedicated to all of my English/Writing teachers and professors who told me that I needed to stay on topic. I’ll always remember your… oh look a butterfly!!!

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7 thoughts on “blink blinkity blink”

  1. Junior highers are incredible at picking out little idiosyncrasies and hounding me for them. I tend to put my left hand in my pocket, then take it out to gesture or prove a point, then put it back in only to take it out 4 seconds later.

    And I love me some Bell too. He gives me trendy glasses envy.

  2. I think I pace too much. πŸ™‚ And I “self narrate” when I get nervous and annoy myself.

  3. BW you should be afraid… you know more about the ins and outs of my worldview than almost anyone on the planet. Thanks for not ratting me out πŸ˜‰

    Joel! Thanks for hanging around lately. I know all about those little junior high watchdogs… I did jr high ministry for a few years. They literally started a list of my quirks. The sound booth kept it going every week. They’d even interrupt my talks sometimes by yelling “Add that to the list!”. It was usually that I talked too fast and accidentally cussed or something.

    Melbro, you do wear out the Samsvick stage sometimes! You can’t move around in there too much- those brown chairs don’t allow for much neck-shifting. But it keeps em on their toes! What is an example of “self-narration”?

  4. You claim Bobby Bell has clarified his views repeatedly on Heaven and Hell. I agree with you, unfortunately it’s always clarified in a Universalism sense (part of Dalai Lama’s Seeds of Compassion tour:

    He does repeatedly clarify his view on inspiration of scripture as well (p. 47, Velvet Elvis) which is to say IT WASN’T.

    Read Galatians, or the end of Romans, and see how Paul responded to those who distort the Gospel. If you have information where Rob Bell clarified his views in an Orthodox Christian sense, please let me know, all I have is books he’s written and writer’s he promotes.

  5. Why do so many of my blog readers post anonymously? It ruins all the fun.

    “Jedi”, I’ve read Galatians and the end of Romans. I’m pretty familiar with what Paul had to say about it. I’ve also read Velvet Elvis a handful of times, and I even watched the Dalai Lama meeting you’re referring to. I’ll have to poke around my notes and look back at the MH podcasts to figure out the specifics. I should probably be honest and tell you that I’m gonna be too busy/distracted to do that for about the next month or two.

    Those are only two of the areas that I used an examples to say that he probably takes a LOT of heat in his day-to-day life. I’m sure I only see and hear about a fraction of it. Even MENTIONING his name, or having his books on my shelf has been enough fodder for people to assume where I “stand” on all the hot topics.

  6. Thanks for the reply. I didn’t intend to post anon, but am new WordPress and just figured out how to attach my blog to my name. I look forward to hearing from you on RB’s views on Hell. While you’re perusing MH’s podcast’s check out Phyllis Tickle’s sermon a few weeks ago. Go to 42 minutes in.

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