June 11, 2010 | 09:39 am

Friday – The Preacher

 Rob Bell

I enjoy listening to the podcasts of other pastors. No, it is not to check out the competition. It is to create space for reflection and renewal. One of my favorites is Rob Bell. He is a pastor at Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, MI—my home area. He is associated with the emergent church movement, which is not without controversy. Rob, and the emergent church, are all about reframing the Christian faith in a postmodern context. The messages are not short, so make sure you have forty-five minutes available. He is extremely popular—nearly 70,000 people follow him on Facebook—so by listening to him you’ll hear the voice of one who is speaking the language of faith for a new generation. I don’t always agree with him, but his sermons are very thought provoking. You can find his messages at http://marshill.org/teaching/podcast-info/. He’s also produces some provocative videos called Nooma at www.nooma.com.