As I mentioned, this past weekend I attended a Promise Keepers rally in Milwaukee. Friday night Bob Reccord shared the gospel and hundreds of men responded in faith by placing their souls in Jesus' hands. We then took a short break, came back, sang some songs, watched a drama, and concluded the night by watching Rob Bell's Nooma video Dust.
It hit me how wide spread Rob's influence is. These videos are being shown in church services, youth groups, Sunday school classes, and small groups all over the world, and now they're being shown to thousands of men at Promise Keepers rallies. And the video was very good too.
This weekend was very good for me and challenged my heart in a number of ways. One of the things that occurred to me is that I have spoken against Rob Bell's theology and message on this blog and among friends. But the truth is that I have done this out of envy rather than integrity and love.
I have been jealous of Rob's great success. He is only a few years older than me. I have measured myself against how God has used him and wanted his success for myself. Since I don't have it, I chose to speak evil of one whose ministry has influenced me and blessed me.
I have gained insight about preaching from listening to his sermons and workshops. I have gained insight about Jesus from his book and videos. Don't think I'm worshiping Rob Bell right now. I'm just confessing that I have spoken against someone who has been a blessing to me.
John Wesley's sermon A Caution Against Bigotry began convicting me about this sin a couple of weeks ago. And now I need to publically repent of my covetousness. Rob and everyone, I'm sorry. I ask your forgiveness. May God continue to use Rob Bell's ministry to bless thousands as he has used it to bless me.