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Rob Bell and the Samurai

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XXXChurch calls Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan home. In case you don’t know, Mars Hill is the church founded by Rob Bell. So when Craig Gross told me he’d been speaking with Jon Bell (Rob’s brother), that he had tickets for me to Rob’s The God’s Aren’t Angry tour, and that Jon and Rob wanted to meet afterward… well, to say “I was very excited” would be an understatement.

In October of 2006 I asked for book suggestions. Rob’s book Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith is one of the first Christian books I read after surrendering my life to God, and it blew me away. I loved it. I’ve read it once and listened to it on audio twice. I highly suggest reading it. I also highly suggest viewing as many of Rob’s Nooma videos as possible. But I digress.

Wendy and Caden took the trip with me. We spent the early afternoon on Pier 39, checking out the Aquarium of the Bay while we had the chance. After a long, brutal battle, my son charmed his way into a samurai sword (he really had to fight hard for it: showed it to mom and dad, smiled, made cute “Shrek Cat” face… sword acquired).

And so it happened that Rob Bell was later photographed with the world’s newest, deadliest samurai:

Rob Bell, Samurai Caden, Donny Pauling

Rob Bell, Samurai Caden, Donny Pauling

(Rob’s talk was great, by the way)

4 thoughts on “Rob Bell and the Samurai

  1. What a great opportunity. I like the way you refer to the beginning of this stage of your life has “surrendering my life to God.”

    That is awesome. I hope seminary papers aren’t killing you yet.
    The Confessions of a Porn Addict

  2. What a great opportunity. I like the way you refer to the beginning of this stage of your life has “surrendering my life to God.”

    That is awesome. I hope seminary papers aren’t killing you yet.
    The Confessions of a Porn Addict

  3. I went to hear his monologue on ‘the gods are not angry” last night. Here are my thoughts if you are interested:

    Islam and Christianity

    Blessings upon you and your family as you press into God’s grace. Do not neglect the Lord’s Supper for there you will find great strength and comfort and grace.

  4. I went to hear his monologue on ‘the gods are not angry” last night. Here are my thoughts if you are interested:

    Islam and Christianity

    Blessings upon you and your family as you press into God’s grace. Do not neglect the Lord’s Supper for there you will find great strength and comfort and grace.

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