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Velvet Elvis

Rob Bell

Velvet Elvis

Rob Bell

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"Somewhere in my basement sits a Velvet Elvis - a painting of the King himself, air-brushed onto black velvet in a wooden frame.

What if the painter of my Velvet Elvis announced there was no more need to paint, that he had painted the ultimate painting? We would think he had lost his mind because of our instinctive understanding that art is never done - it's the endless process of learning, exploring, shaping and forming.

And it's no different with faith. The Christian faith will never be complete. We will always be exploring and discovering what it means to live in harmony with God and each other. If we don't, our faith may end up in the basement.

This book is about the endless need to keep painting. . .Rob Bell."
- Publisher.

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About "Velvet Elvis"

"Somewhere in my basement sits a Velvet Elvis - a painting of the King himself, air-brushed onto black velvet in a wooden frame.

What if the painter of my Velvet Elvis announced there was no more need to paint, that he had painted the ultimate painting? We would think he had lost his mind because of our instinctive understanding that art is never done - it's the endless process of learning, exploring, shaping and forming.

And it's no different with faith. The Christian faith will never be complete. We will always be exploring and discovering what it means to live in harmony with God and each other. If we don't, our faith may end up in the basement.

This book is about the endless need to keep painting. . .Rob Bell."
- Publisher.
- Koorong

We have to test everything.I thank God for anybody anywhere who is pointing people to the mysteries of God. But those people would all tell you to think long and hard about what they are saying and doing and creating.Test it. Probe it. Do that to this book.Don't swallow it uncritically. Think about it. Wrestle with it.Just because I'm a Christian and I'm trying to articulate a Christian worldview doesn't mean I've got it nailed. I'm contributing to the discussion. God has spoken, and the rest is commentary, right?
- Publisher

We know there's something more. We sense it, we feel it, and we want it. But how do we find it-a spirituality that stands up to the questions of an honest, searching mind? "This book is for those who need a fresh take on Jesus and what it means for us to live the kind of life he teaches us to live," writes Rob Bell. "This pursuit of Jesus is leading us backward as much as forward ... I am learning that what seems brand new is often just the discovery of something that has been there all along- it just got lost somewhere and it needs to be picked up, dusted off, and reclaimed." Now in softcover, Velvet Elvis offers original and refreshingly personal perspectives on what Christianity is really about. "We have to test everything," writes Bell. "Do that to this book. Don't swallow it uncritically. Think about it. Wrestle with it. Just because I'm a Christian and I'm trying to articulate a Christian worldview doesn't mean I've got it nailed. I'm contributing to the discussion. God has spoken, and the rest is commentary, right?"
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Rob Bell

Robert Holmes "Rob" Bell Jr. was born on August 23, 1970. Bell grew up in a traditional Christian environment. He attended Wheaton College. While at Wheaton, he roomed with Ian Eskelin of All Star United. With friends Dave Houk, Brian Erickson, Steve Huber and Chris Fall, he formed the indie rock band, "ton bundle". Bell received his bachelor's degree in 1992 from Wheaton and taught water skiing in the summers at Wheaton College's Honey Rock Camp. During this time, Bell offered to teach a Christian message to the camp counselors after no pastor could be found. He taught a message about "rest". He said that God led him to teaching at this moment. Bell moved to Pasadena, California to pursue this calling for teaching and received a M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary. According to Bell, he never received good grades in preaching class because he always tried innovative ways to communicate his ideas. During his time at Fuller he was a youth intern at Lake Avenue Church. He did, however, occasionally attend Christian Assembly in Eagle Rock, California, which led to him and his wife asking questions in the direction of how a new style of church would appear. Bell and his wife moved from California to Grand Rapids to be close to family and on invitation to study under pastor Ed Dobson. He handled many of the preaching duties for the Saturday Night service at Calvary Church. Bell announced that he would be branching out on his own to start a new kind of community and he would call it "Mars Hill" after the Greek site where the apostle Paul told a group, "For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you." In February 1999, Bell founded Mars Hill Bible Church, with the church originally meeting in a school gym in Wyoming, Michigan. As of 2005, an estimated 11,000 people attend the two "gatherings" on Sundays at 9 and 11 AM.[7] As of March 2011, Sunday attendance numbers between 8,000 and 10,000.[8] His teachings at Mars Hill inspired the popular "Love Wins" bumper sticker, and the congregation freely distributes these stickers after services.

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Unique perspective
4 stars By Katz, Jul 31 2011
I love the way Rob Bell thinks. Some do not like his books and teachings because he does not pronounce dogma and doctrine, nor does he give neatly defined answers.  What he does is ask questions, as he says Jesus did. Questioning and debating what scripture was about was the Jewish way, as was understanding it all in terms of story, not a set of church doctrines.  Velvet Elvis is a fantastic book that encourages you to think outside of the church dogma box, so to speak!  I love the analogy of faith being like a trampoline, from which to spring and explore, rather than a stack of bricks, which wobbles when you pull one out and examine it. He uses great analogies, which people looking for definitive answers backed up by scriptures will probably not like.  
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Alot about nothing
1 stars By Sally, Jan 22 2008
I am afraid I did not find this book helpful in any way in my walk with God.  It was not challenging and did not glorify God.  Just another how to do things differently book, but if thats what you are into go for it.
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Beware! Approach this with an open heart: you will be challenged
5 stars By Daryl, Apr 17 2007
A WARNING! The question has to be; are you open to God speaking to you? If so, you should be able to hear his voice personally challenging and ministering to us. But BEWARE lay aside, as best you can, your PREJUDICES!!

I am an English teacher and have a passion for both Christ and literature, having studied literature and history through Christian eyes for many years. But this is a REVOLUTIONARY text. what Rob Bell has to say is at times uncomfortable, it challenges the way we 'do' things as Christians and maybe it is time that we are challenged.

It brings in a new and fresh perspective on i. church ii. bible study iii. fellowship iv. theology . He asks questions. He encourages all believers to ask questions: in fact he says without questions we cannot understand the Bible.

He also points out that everything we know of the Bible is 'resting on a set of interpretations', someone's, and that we need to be honest about that and to 'wrangle' with God's word we need an 'intricate balance of conviction and humility'.

Are we humble enough to be open to a new way of looking at things?
If you are then read this book. Do we have a hungry thirsty soul for more? Read this book and see what God says to you through it.
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  • Catalogue Code 247905
  • Product Code 0310273080
  • EAN 9780310273080
  • UPC 025986273088
  • Pages 208
  • Department General Books
  • Category Christian Living
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Zondervan
  • Publication Date Jul 2006
  • Dimensions 198 x 144 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.294kg

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