Velvet Elvis

“Because God has spoken, and everything else is commentary.”

So Ally lent me his Velvet Elvis book to have a read at, and wow. Rob Bell is a very gifted guy. I’m loving his insights into faith right now. The quote above is stuck in my mind, so I’m gonna be taking some time to figure out its impact on how I live.

The basic premise of Velvet Elvis is that faith is dynamic, not static. That we are constantly ‘repainting’ faith, because we are trying to understand better how to follow Jesus and what that looks like in action. It is understanding that methods change, that the principles (for example, church doctrines) we live by are someone’s interpretation of the Bible, and therefore could be wrong (i’m not saying they always are, but that they could be), and so they may change over time, as we understand the Bible more.

I guess thats why I love communities that let me ask questions. Because often the things I read in the Bible throw up more questions than answers. And so I question. For example, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). Fairly simple statement, right? But… How do you define love? What if my definition of love is different from someone else’s definition? Who decides who is wrong and who is right? And who says their decision is the right one? And what does it mean for God to be love?

You see what I mean? Thats why I’m excited about this book. Thanks for letting me quesition. Thanks for joining me on the journey. Let’s keep adding to the commentary.

After all, the Bible was meant for community.

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4 Responses to “Velvet Elvis”


  1. 1 Scott Burk February 27, 2006 at 3:07 am

    Your new WordPress looks very nice!!!
    Scott

  2. 2 Adam February 27, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    Theres a song by sister hazel called Velvet Elvis. Or is it just Elvis? Hmm anyways, its a quality song.

    Adam (winner of the irrelevant comment award)

  3. 3 kathryn February 27, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    loved the book! i think i’ll re-read it!!

  4. 4 emmsy February 28, 2006 at 11:56 am

    you should kat, it really is a great book!

    the Sister Hazel song is called Elvis, but it has the lyrics ‘velvet elvis’ in it. have to go find it somewhere to have a listen to it.


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