Ryan N called me Monday evening. “Have you read Rob Bell’s new book?” I had just finished it a few days earlier. But, I have been reading the wildly divergent opinions about the book since “before” the book was released by HarperOne.
I find that many people prefer to lock into one voice. That is, if their selected authority “speaks” about a subject it is as if the position is closed for all time. I have been helped by the varied responses. Even the ones I find uncharitable. It is often far too easy to believe we, the reader, always understand every possible nuance.
We need multiple reflections on a subject. Inevitably we will be helped to think through matters we would have overlooked, challenged by those we thought had long since been in the background, and prodded to dig a bit deeper.
The need for these reflections reminded me of this shot I took some months back.