Last night I journeyed about an hour north to Tempe, AZ. to Rob Bell’s Everything is Spiritual Tour. I, of course went with a group of friends as there is no way I will admit to being that geeky by myself.
For those who are not familiar with Rob Bell, He is the author of the book Velvet Elvis, the pastor of a church in Grand Rapids Michigan called Mars Hill Bible Church, and he has a series of short films called nooma.
All in all I was impressed. The whole setting was very un-commercialized. Everything from the plain black clothing Rob wore, to the lack of props or video, made the night feel almost like a protest to the showy, commercialized presentations we have grown accustomed to, and I have grown tired of. The only props were a solitary six paneled whiteboard and a label-less black and white marker. Rob didn’t even introduce himself or banter with the crowd, he simply stepped on stage and said, “In the beginning…” and then went on for 100 minutes, never missing a beat.