When Desperate Static Beats The Silence Up

Rob Bell is coming to speak about Peacemaking in Tripod in Dublin this June. A wise thing would be to get tickets. This is the Rob Bell who begins a sermon like this:

Right in the middle of the Bible, there’s this collection of Hebrew love poems that are so explicit and erotic that young Jewish boys weren’t even allowed to read them until they were over. Now Song of Songs…

So now watch this.

Your Correspondent, A quiet truth to calm you down

5 Responses to “When Desperate Static Beats The Silence Up”

  1. Sam says:

    I too am a fan of a lot that Bell says, but I always have a large dose of cynicism when those from across the pond come to talk to us about peacemaking. Now I know we’re a lot to learn, and sometimes it takes someone from outside our context to deliver some well needed truths but…..

  2. jimlad says:

    but what? ..but you don’t really want to listen in case it works, and then there’d be nothing left to fight about. That’s it isn’t it? You northies.. Pah.

    But actually, I’m only joking. I see your point. My mum would say that you can’t really know the struggles of Northern Ireland culture unless you have grown up in it. In the same way though the unionist culture might not understand the nationalist culture and vice-versa? If this is the case, Nationalists should invite unionist speakers to talk on peacemaking and vice-versa.

    Perhaps it is easier to invite someone from outside to talk though. It is easier to for us ignore them because it is harder for them to bring a point home when they lack cultural references. Juxtaposition can be useful, but I think that the principle should be proven in as close a situation as possible to the one in which the audience are in. Otherwise there is always doubt as to its power.

    I find the same problem with sermons in general. A preacher might make be making really wise points, unless he explains them in my context it is hard to know which points are the most important for me, and which ones are less so.

    At the same time if I never heard a word from anyone else as to my behaviour I would be able to remain quite comfortable. The closer a person is to me the more likely I am to listen because it is more likely they will be right. However sometimes they are too affected by me and as a result they get it wrong because they become too subjective. This is how it is in the North perhaps (and I’m juxtaposing). Someone who is too close, like a nationalist is to a protestant, is more likely to be relevant, but we should be cynical based on their closeness. Someone who is too far, like an American is to a Northern Irish person, is more likely to be objective (and therefore correct), but we should be cynical based on their distance (and therefore their relevance or correctness within our context). A South African might be better?

  3. zoomtard says:

    I find it interesting that you presume that Bell is coming to talk about the Troubles.

    He isn’t.

    He is coming to talk about the Sermon on the Mount.

    Pah! Northies. They think the world revolves around them.

    It really revolves around Jimlad.

  4. Sam says:

    ah. oops. Another classic northerner assuming he knows it all without having done any research.
    Now that makes it more appealing.

  5. jimlad says:

    I simply assumed Sam was right. He actually is. Bell just doesn’t know it yet. Class dismissed.