an interesting (and good!) article in this week’s time magazine takes a short look at rob bell, teaching pastor at mars hill church in grand rapids, MI. anyone who’s known me as their youth pastor / camp pastor / friend over the last 5-6 years knows that rob made a huge impression on me. i stop short of saying that i was a lot like rob as a youth minister, but i will say that he does ministry in a similar way that i have always tried: a frank, hands-on approach to the practical application of Jesus and the understanding of the past / present / future -ness of the Kingdom of God to our lives.
his sermons are available via podcast, too, and are worth the 50 minutes to listen.