A Critique of Rob Bell’s Nooma DVD “Dust”

November 29th, 2007 | 19 Comments | Emergent Church A Critique of Rob Bell’s Nooma DVD “Dust” |  Facebook

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19 Responses to “A Critique of Rob Bell’s Nooma DVD “Dust””

  1. marty mcfly says:

    I had never seen that nooma before – what bell says in that video is nothing short of disgusting… God has faith in US??? is he serious!? The only thing that God has faith in that has anything to do with us is HIS spirit dwelling within us as believers!

  2. “Humanism is, I believe, the most deadly and disastrous of all the philosophical stenches that’s crept up through the grating over the pit of Hell. It has penetrated so much of our religion. And it is in utter and total contrast with Christianity! Unfortunately, it’s seldom seen.”
    - Paris Reidhead

  3. Rhonda says:

    Hey Ben, these are awesome vids! Just thought I’d tell ya’ I am stealing them both and posting them together as one bulletin. What can I say I am an honest thief! :)
    Bless you, bro!

  4. Lane Chaplin says:

    “For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life: but we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead:”

    - Paul the Apostle
    (2Co 1:8-9)

    Rob Bell is pathetic. I pray he repents and believes.

  5. Cameron Buettel says:

    Thanks for posting the video. This little presentation was preached at my home church in Australia but now seems to be “travelling” a lot. The thing that staggers me is that emergents like Rob Bell preach a humanistic gospel that is OBVIOUSLY contrary to the biblical gospel yet their message easily gains acceptance among many professing Christians. My question to many of my American brothers and sisters is this: Has the “seeker sensitive” church model reduced biblical discernment to the point where something even more unbiblical can arrive on the scene undetected?

  6. marty mcfly says:

    “Has the “seeker sensitive” church model reduced biblical discernment to the point where something even more unbiblical can arrive on the scene undetected?”

    hey cameron i think you’re onto something there – if that doesn’t sound like a plan satan would come up with i don’t know what does!

  7. Hey Cameron,

    Your friend Rene sent this video to me. You did a great job! Which church in Australia did you attend?

    I think you guys are right on. If the seeker friendly movement didn’t prepare the way, filling churches with false professions with little interest for truth, the emergent movement would have never caught on like it has… Jesus said, “Is this not the reason you are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?” It is amazing when you step back and see the progression of error.

  8. Cameron Buettel says:

    In response to Benjamin, the church was a Baptist church in the city of Brisbane about a year ago. We no longer attend there as my family relocated to Denmark last february. Interesting to hear that Rene sent this to you. Do you know him. I can be e-mailed at talkingdonkeys@hotmail.com


  9. Anonymous says:

    God is my father, and he trusted me many things. I think you can not use the bible in this way, I do not agree. The texts you are using are not good enough. Read this please: John 19:25-27, Jesus is trusting in People. Greetings from Argentina

  10. Ben says:

    Just a question of curiosity, in terms of finding footing for this discussion: Are the commentators here primarily calvinist or close to it?

  11. I’m not sure what the majority are. I am. But I know for certain not everyone here is a Calvinist…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Atleast rob bell would respect your beliefs and opinions, (they are actually opinions of yors, you shouldnt state them as facts the way you are)

    He wouldnt make a video just to prove you wrong, because thats like turning religion into a competition. Think about what you do before you do it, all you are dong is spreading hate. The oppositte of what god wants.

  13. “rob bell would respect your beliefs and opinions”

    And he’d happily wave us off to Hell. That’s what false teachers do.

    “He wouldnt make a video just to prove you wrong”

    He has already tried to. It was titled “Bullhorn Guy”, I think.

    Read your Bible.

  14. Josh says:

    I find it funny that the same thing that this man preaches against “looking at scripture out of context” is exactly what he does with Rob’s video. If he would have let people watch the beginning and the end of the video its about having faith in what God has given us. Questioning one’s own strength (as a Christian which means we have the strength of God) is questioning what God has done in us.

    You must remember that these videos are made for people who claim to be followers of Jesus, and not to get people to join some “church”. To understand the video you have to watch it in context. Just like reading the Bible. Imagine that. So don’t just read your Bible read it in context of Hebrew culture.

  15. Joe C. says:

    Josh, how insightful. A voice of reason. How nice =)

  16. Geoff says:

    Wow. You guys and gals that are overreacting to Rob Bell need to calm down a bit. He’s simply asking people to ‘think’ a bit. I think the point of ‘Dust’ was missed completely and it led to wonderful Christians calling Rob Bell ‘pathetic’. Nooma videos have made me seriously question why I don’t live more like Jesus. I don’t care for the poor or lost like I should. I don’t live as Jesus wants me to…. I thank Rob Bell for challenging me on these issues. I love the fact that he wants us to at least think that maybe Jesus is ‘rooting for us’ and that he does ‘believe in us and our abilities’. Peter did fall because he lacked faith in himself to be like Jesus. I know this: the way I’ve seen people live out their so called faith for 38 years has been depressing. I mean could we have more denominations? Could we have just a few more disagreements? Rob Bell speaks of peace and love, but mostly he speaks of ‘living like Jesus’. If that’s a bad thing, sign me up. No, he’s not perfect and he may be off mark on some things…. are you telling me you all are ‘on point’ with all of theology? I’m sure Jesus doesn’t see Rob Bell as ‘pathetic’. Unreal….

  17. Geoff says:

    And I agree 100% with Josh. That video doesn’t say anything that ‘preachercam’ (his name on youtube by the way) says it says. He misses the point completely; as I think alot of people do with Rob Bell’s thoughts and videos. He’s the new pinata for the established church to bash on. You know, because what they are doing is so ‘effective’.

  18. It’s almost funny how, today, it’s a worse sin to quote a heretic and “take him out of context” (or so you say), than it is for your favorite heretic to misquote the Scriptures and take them out of context… So long as he’s preaching, “peace, peace” (Jer. 8:11), even the most anti-Christian statements can seem Biblically true, right? But then again, when did Biblically true statements ever matter? I highly doubt you all go around defending the Bible, like you do Bell.