21 September 2006

Great Conversations

Christians should have great conversations. After all, we've got the most important, best stuff in life to talk about. Twice in the last week, I've had the opportunity to find myself in a great conversation about who we understand God to be and how He is involved daily in our lives. This came about because of a great conversation-starter in a video by a company called NOOMA. Nooma videos are

"short films with communicators that really speak to us. Compact, portable, and concise. Each NOOMA touches on issues that we care about, that we want to talk about, and it comes in a way that fits our world. It's a format that's there for us when we need it, as we need it, how we need it."

The video we watched was 011 Rhythm. Each video comes on a DVD lasts about 15 minutes, has a discussion guide included, and costs $10.00. They work great to get small group discussion going. The featured speaker is Rob Bell (Christianity Today article, Beliefnet article), the founding Pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville (Grand Rapids). I'd also heartily recommend Rob's first book Velvet Elvis:Repainting the Christian Faith. It has deeply impacted everyone I know who has read it.

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