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Rob Bell Resources

To follow up the Mosaic Movement Resources as promised, here’s some articles, audio’s and video’s for you Rob Bell fans. I’ve been downloading all of their sermons since back in 2002, but again, to be on the safe side, all links here are just what’s currently available on the web.

*Note, I only link to resources that are already available on the web and I don’t have a practice of distributing or re-distributing any content.

Articles, Interviews, News, and Notes
Audio Resources
Video Resources

For those of you who aren’t up to speed on Rob and Mars Hill, I’d say they’re the Mac of the megachurch world. clean and simple. Rob Bell’s an excellent communicator who does his homework, especially with contextualizing ancient Jewish culture. Their church is legend for exploding by word of mouth as Bell preached through Leviticus the first year.

Nooma video’s have been the latest craze. People thought I was being silly for spending money on them a few years back. You can borrow them from me if you’re in the area.

I’ll try to keep this resource page up to date, let me know if there’s anything worthwhile that I’m missing. Feel free to share this link on your sites/blogs.

Breaking News – Rob Bell resigns from Mars Hill – official release
One Reason? He’s partnering with ‘Lost’ executive director to create a new tv series on ABC

Full transcript of Rob Bell’s “Dear Mars Hill” Farewell letter

Rob Bell talk and Q&A at the Viper Room July 24th 2012

Watch live streaming video from robbell at livestream.com


Official Rob Bell bio via Mars Hill Bible Church

Rob Bell re-emerges for a “2 Days” Private Event – Best notes I’ve found on the gathering
Rob Bell’s upcoming book in 2013 – What We Talk About When We Talk About God

“Love Wins” Companion guide to be released Nov. 15th 2011
New Tour – Fit to Smash Ice begins in Toronto Nov. 10th
NY Times and Christianity Today on the Rob Bell ‘Love Wins’ controversy
Rob Bell CNN article on suffering
The Gospel Coalition questioning if Rob Bell is a universalist
Rob Bell’s next book “Love Wins” & the sermon that inspired the title
Tony Jones drops that Rob Bell’s next book in 2011 will tackle universalism
Rob Bell 2.0 where are the artists
On the dangers of video preaching
Interview – ‘tying the clouds‘ on leadership journal
Awesome Sketch-notes from Drop Like Stars Tour
Rob Bell interview with United Reformed Church
Free kindle and b&n ebooks of Velvet Elvis for first 2 weeks of Feb 2010
Interview w/ Rob Bell on preaching & new media
Rob Bell interview at Youth Ministry on contradiction & communication
Drop like Stars Tour summary notes here and here.
CT magazine interviews Rob Bell on the Giant Story
Rob Bell live from NPC interview
Rob Bell interview by TearFund.org
Finally has his own domain name RobBell.com
Rob Bell’s new book and tour “Drop like Stars
Rob Bell profile in grand rapid press

Interview with Rob Bell
on Read the Spirit
Rob Bell Q&A at Neue Magazine
Rob Bell on Politics
Rob Bell on 7 Big Questions with McManus, Driscoll, and Warren
Transcript of Nooma ‘open
New community support site heartsupport.com from Mars Hill led by Rob Bell’s brother Jon Bell and article
New interview on sex, god, and sex gods
(11/2007) interview with Bell via the Wittenburg Door
Rob Bell – The pastor’s no square – in Time Magazine
Article of Rob Bell on nytimes and his tour
Article on the preaching revolution
Brian McLaren & Rob Bell – Zondervan Conversation transcript from 2005
Great summary article of when Rob Bell was interviewed at Mars Hill
Leadership Journal article on “What leaders can learn from Rob Bell
Out of Ur article titled Heresy on Tour? 2007
Notes from The God’s Aren’t Angry Tour here, here and here.
Conversation with Rob Bell nov/2007
Rob Bell on preaching today – crafting a sermon
Wittenburg Door interview with Rob Bell Sept/2007
The Ooze interviews Rob Bell July 2007
Barnes & Noble interview with Rob Bell
Notes on the Eucharist from Rob Bell’s talk at the Q Conference
Article on Volunteerism at Mars Hill
Ben Witherington reviews one of Rob Bell’s talk
Notes from Sex God Q&A
Excellent resources thanks to aspiringindie
50 pages of notes from the “Isn’t She Beautiful” pastor’s conference
Blog entry and 9 pages of notes on the Sex God tour
– Rob Bell’s recommended reading list pdf & Newest reading list

Stats from the Calling all Peacemakers sermon series
Excellent notes from Isn’t She Beautiful 2007 here.
Interview with Christianity Magazine UK Feb ’07
Great wikipedia biography
Reviews on the Everything is Spiritual tour here, here, and here
Beliefnet interviews Rob Bell
Article on Christianity Today on mhbcmi
Preaching.org review of using Nooma

Past 12 weeks of teaching at Mars Hill here.
Some of the past message series are available for purchase here.
the MOTHERLOAD from the early years, 1999-2002 including Leviticus Series
Rob Bell’s first message ever at Mars Hill back in 1999
If you dig through their online store you can actually find several messages for free including a series on Isaiah 61, Colossians Remixed, The New Exodus, and “Directions”. The rest are a dollar a message and well worth it.
Rob Bell at Point Loma Nazarene University Chapel
Duke Divinity School 2010 Hickman Lecture Convocation
Rob Bell interview at Ohio Writer’s talk 12/2009
Rob Bell interview on mission, community, & new forms of church
Past forty or so messages archived on Odeo
Additional archived messages
Rob Bell conversation at Greenbelt with Martin Wroe
Rob Bell Talks at North London Vineyard
Rob Bell on Love Wins Love Wins
Several chunks of Rob Bell interview at tearfund
Beautifully Angry mp3 by Rob Bell from EmergingConversation
Beautifully Angry
Rob Bell at Mosaiek Church – Flames of Heaven
Flames of Heaven
Rob Bell at Mosaiek Church – Barefoot and breathing
Barefoot and breathing
Healthy Grieving 2005 by Rob Bell
Healthy Grieving
A Revolutionary Christmas
Catalyst Interview with Rob Bell on Sabbath
Catalyst interview
Between the trees by Rob Bell
Between the trees
Sheep and goats and you and me
Sheep and goats and you and me
Rob Bell interview on episode ten of x3church.com podcast
Jesus Wept Jesus Wept
Audio Review of Velvet Elvis
Interview with Rob Bell

Another interview with Rob Bell
Communicating Christ in Contemporary Culture Parts 1,2, and 3
Suffering mp3
Having nothing and having everything
Transforming History – Rob Bell at Rock Harbour. Notes here.
Transforming History
Also here’s a link to the entire Mastering the Art of Living series by Rob Bell. I’m not sure how long this one will be around for. I listened through it back in 2004 I believe and thought it was absolutely phenomenal.


Rob Bell & David Crowder have a Jam Session, another one here.

Rob Bell official Vimeo Video Channel
From structure to Spirit
Rob Bell Video message at PLNU Writer’s Symposium – do itunesU search
Poets Prophets Preachers Video is now available for digital download
See below for a 12 minute video of excerpts from poets, prophets, preachers conference

Rob Bell comments on his brother’s addiction at Heart Support

Rob Bell – Chairs – supporting 20liters.org

Video of Rob Bell on Haiti
Art of the Sermon almost ready
New film series coming out called Build your house on that coming out mid 2010
Rob Bell Nooma 23 – Corner

Rob Bell interviews shane hipps on technology

Rob Bell from difted on Vimeo.

Rob Bell endorsing TNIV translation

emerging/emergent church in America
Rob Bell at seeds of compassion forum with the Dalai Lama and archbishop desmond tutu

These video’s below are all from Willow, links courtesy of Yuling

The Nazarite Vow
Between the Trees
We’re over here
Jesus and Domitian
A Day of Atonement
Covered in the Dust of the Rabbi

Full video’s from the Nooma series (I’m surprised it lasted this long, looks like some of the video’s have been removed. Feel free to let me know if you find alternative links).

Matthew / and here
Clip from the Everything is Spiritual Tour, another clip by zondervan
Nooma – Name – full extended preview available at the NoomaAuction site

Full Nooma clips on Googlevideo/Youtube currently – Rain, Trees, Flame, Sunday, Noise, Kickball, Luggage, Dust, Bullhorn, Lump, Rhythm, Matthew, You

First 17 full-length Nooma’s also viewable in high quality on Vimeo here

Rob Bell video on the book of revelations at WillowCreek

Rob Bell regarding SexGod on CNN
Five downloadable clips from Everything is Spiritual on iTunes
Rob Bell interview for the Evolving Church conference 2007
Clip from Sex God tour in Michigan
Video not of Rob Bell, but one of the “Way of the Master” guys in response to the Bullhorn Nooma.
Video by youthwork.co.uk did an excellent video interview with Rob Bell, asking tough questions on how the church really started, emergent labels, and not becoming Ted Haggard. Hosted by premier.tv here.


Love Wins – Official site of latest book and tour information
Classes and Groups offered at Mars Hill
Drop like Stars paperback now available and tour film for download

Rob Bell conference reclaiming the art of the sermon – Poets, prophets, preachers with Shane Hipps and Peter Rollins
Mars Hill bible Church
Complete audio inventory of every message since Mars Hill began in 1999-2006
Rob Bell Facebook fan page
Rob Bell on officially on twitter
Mars Hill sexual accountability community walkpure.org
Music at Mars Hill – Official site
Nooma clips and study guides – You can by the DVD’s here
Mars Hill Narrative Theology Statement
Rob Bell’s recommended reading resources
Just Start – Good Samaritan DVD with Shane Claiborne and Desmond Tutu
Rob Bell, Phillip Yancey, and Lee Strobel in The Big Ask DVD – Thanks Darren
Isn’t she beautiful – seminar for leaders celebrating the local church January 2007
Velvet Elvis – First book / Some study guides
Sex God – Second book
Jesus wants to save Christians – third book / Site
Purchase the Everything is Spiritual DVD
Rob’s tour on “Sex God” with a pdf of the 1st chapter! Thanks Lacey
Calling All Peacemakers European Tour
New Tour: The god’s aren’t angry in the U.S., DVD for purchase
xxxchurch visits Mars Hill for Porn Sunday
Official Nooma Myspace page
Nooma Auction site of tshirts from ‘name’ – including video
Ben Witherington reviews Nooma 1-5, 6-10, and 11-15

Rob Bell’s band formed at Wheaton College – Ton Bundle (_Ton Bundle)
Rob Bell had a previous northern gospel / punk rock band called Big Fil

Listen to a single called Princess

– You can’t really tweet the gospel

Everything is spiritual compilation

{ 93 comments… add one }

  • ebrian November 17, 2006, 11:58 am

    I’ve heard people call Rob Bell the modern-day Billy Graham.

  • deana November 17, 2006, 1:56 pm

    wow Thanks Lon!

  • tony sheng November 17, 2006, 2:03 pm

    awesome stuff – thanks for posting it!
    Msg #1 of that Communicating Christ in Contemporary Culture series is an incredible talk – I have given it away to a mess of people and listen to it every few months…..

  • Lon November 18, 2006, 8:41 am

    Hey eBrian, yeah there was an article out comparing the two a while back, but looks like it’s been archived and inaccessible to the public.

    If anyone knows of any other resources out there, i’d be more than happy to add them to this list.

    Tony, thanks for the tip. with all the goods i’ve got, i’ve yet to have a chance to listen to that one. I’ll definitely be shortly!

  • martyschmidt November 20, 2006, 12:13 pm

    Favorite Rob Bell quote, “Are you smok’in what you’re selling” in reference to Christian Leadership.

  • Lon November 20, 2006, 2:02 pm

    Hey Marty, that’s definitely one of my all time favorite quotes from Bell. I’ve used it once or twice myself in a message. I think I’ve read Brian McLaren quoting that one too before.

  • lacey November 30, 2006, 6:34 pm

    wow, thanks for this. i heard the willow creek series once and am glad to have them at my disposal again, they were my first intro to rob and i loved them. i am going to the conference in january and am really, really pumped about it :)

  • mike December 17, 2006, 3:00 am

    thanks for all these links– some really great stuff out there! i was wondering if anyone has been able to listen to “mastering the art of living”? i downloaded the huge file, only to be asked for a password to unzip the file… :(

  • Lon December 17, 2006, 9:20 am

    Hey Mike, I haven’t downloaded this one myself… I downloaded it years ago when it was available on the mhbcmi website. i found this link off of some message board.

    i did jot down the password though, try selfdevelop.info

    and Lacey, that’s awesome that you’re going. I can’t make it, so be sure to jot down plenty of notes and post’em! hopefully they do it again and I”ll make my way there.

  • Lacey December 17, 2006, 5:57 pm

    for sure :) they will definitely be posted for all to enjoy.

  • Dan December 23, 2006, 6:10 pm


    Thanks for listing all of this! I’m a big Rob Bell fan and I’m trying to gather a collection of his audio & video resources.

    I missed the Flames of Heaven series at Mars Hill’s website. Is the one you have here the same but all in one file? The one from Mars Hill was at least a 2 part sermon series, of which I only have the first one.



  • Lon December 23, 2006, 10:30 pm

    Hey Dan, the flames of heaven listed here is more of a summary message Bell did at another church.

    It was originally a four-part series actually. I don’t see it available on their website for purchase, I suppose I could email it to you if you’d like..?

  • Ryan January 24, 2007, 3:08 pm

    The Rob Bell Nooma video links aren’t working, could you send me them plz at ryanmcluen@yahoo.com. I am interested in watching them, because I have only seen 1 or 2

  • Lacey January 24, 2007, 10:59 pm

    hey. check out sexgodtour.com for info about rob’s upcoming university tour in feb/march. it also includes a download of the first chapter of the new book!

  • Lon January 25, 2007, 12:03 am

    Ryan, thanks for dropping by and letting me know about the broken links. I updated the few of the links, but some of them still look like they’re missing. I’m no media distributor, i only post them as I find them. If you really want them, you should look into purchasing them.

    Lacey, thanks for the sharing! I just downloaded the pdf, i’ll be sure to be buying the book. I’ll be posting your contribution to the page in a moment!

  • Winston Baccus January 30, 2007, 2:45 pm

    Wow, this a fantastic resource.. thanks for sharing. Perchance, do you have the stats PDF from the Calling All Peacemakers series? Mars Hill has redone their site and that file is no longer there. :-(

  • Lon January 31, 2007, 12:03 am

    Hey Winston, thanks for letting me know. I just uploaded the pdf i originally downloaded and updated the link.

    thanks for dropping by. make yourself at home.

  • winstonb January 31, 2007, 12:11 am


    Check your link… Doesn’t seem to be working.

  • Lon January 31, 2007, 12:42 am

    it’s working now.

  • Matt February 10, 2007, 11:12 pm

    I have to thank you for putting all of this stuff together in one easy place for all of us to enjoy.

    One question though, is there a way that I can get a bigger pic of the “everything is spiritual” pic you have up there with all the boards together? Have you heard anything on a dvd release date?

    Thanks again.


  • Matt February 10, 2007, 11:16 pm

    P.S. The Mastering the Art of Living stuff has been taken down.

  • bill marshll February 11, 2007, 4:58 pm

    hey i was wondering, if you might be able to email me a few messages from years past. I have a good total of the whole lot but am missing a few of them to complete series. Could you email me to let me know if you would be able to email them to me. thanks a ton, bill

  • bill marshll February 11, 2007, 5:00 pm

    Oh by the way i went to the sex god tour thing here at University of Michigan, very cool. Also they showed the new nooma called “YOU” which was very cool. He didn’t talk about his book at all but instead did a simple question and answer for an hour on anything you wanted to ask him. Some very cool questions with some of course fun answers. but if you get a chance it is a very cool event.

  • Lon February 13, 2007, 8:44 am

    Matt thanks for dropping by, i just updated the link on the ‘everything is spiritual’ image to point to the original larger/clearer image.

    Hey Bill, I’d love to see the event, but unfortunately i’m up in Canada and doesn’t look like he’ll be making any stops here. I could send you a few if there’s anything specific that you’re looking for but i’d rather just be the linker than a content distributor. Both the noomas and archived messages I bought myself… the sermon’s are only a buck each after all.

  • Brian February 16, 2007, 9:56 pm

    Thanks for all the downloads! I put most of them on my iPod and listen to them over and over. Lots of wisdom there! Rob really has a way of making lessons from the bible apply to our lives today.

    The link for “Mastering the Art of Living” does not work. Are there any other ways to get this series???

  • Brian February 16, 2007, 10:17 pm

    There’s a good portion of Nooma video “Breathe” on myspace. It isn’t the total film, but does give you a good 10 minutes.

    see here

  • Mikhail Lomize February 20, 2007, 7:09 am

    You can find a short video from Rob Bell’s Sex God tour at the University of Michigan at this link


    P.S. You’ve done great work compiling this information about Rob Bell!

  • Lon February 20, 2007, 12:27 pm

    Hey Brian, it should be available for purchase on the website. if not you should be able to request it from them. it’s definitely worth the purchase.

    and thanks for the Breathe link as well.

    Misha, i’ve also included your sexgod youtube clip, thanks!

  • brad grinnen March 2, 2007, 1:58 pm


    i found your site via one of stephen shields posts long ago. i just came across this resource page today. this is extensive! if i find anything else, i’ll be sure to send it to you. thanks for this. most of these i had found, but some are new.

    were you at the ‘isn’t she beautiful’ conference?


  • Lon March 9, 2007, 2:03 pm

    Hey Brad, thanks for checking in. I wish I could’ve made it to the conference, but unfortunately Rob doesn’t seem to swing by Canada often. I’ll make my pilgrimage down there some day…

  • Mark Heard March 15, 2007, 2:01 am

    Along with everyon else, thanks for your site. It has been mentioned before about “About Mastering the Art of Living”. Was it any good? Can it still be purchased? How as I can’t see it anywhere on MHBC website. I could call but I’m from Australia which makes it awkward.


  • Mark Heard March 15, 2007, 6:47 pm

    PS I found the area on Mars Hill for ordering Mastering the Art of Living & have commenced to download the 15 messages. Look forward to listening to them. There are quite a few other messages on MHBC website (not the 12 most recent messages). Can anyone recommend any others that particulalry spoke to them? I know it’s an individual thing.

  • Dan Johnson March 15, 2007, 6:55 pm

    Hey, great site. Do you know if you will ever get the audio for the Sex God QandA?

  • Winston Baccus March 20, 2007, 11:34 am

    The New Exodus series is a great one to listen to as well. It’s kind of the setup for what they’re doing now with XYZ.

    To All:
    I find that more and more I’m finding ways to apply what Rob is talking about from week to week. I’ll hear something, or have an idea for something for a youth program that relates back to something Rob said in a teaching. I would find it incredibly useful to have transcripts of the sermons to search through. Anyone else with me? Does anyone know of a place to get them currently?

  • Lon March 20, 2007, 12:47 pm

    Sorry for the delayed reply.

    Mark – A revolutionary Christmas is also a good series to purchase that I felt was very enlightening.

    Dan – unless someone bootleg’s it, I don’t think there will be an official session available since it is a different Q&A in each stop of the tour.

    Winston – Great idea. I’ve wrote some notes down as I’ve extracted material for my own teaching/learning, but I’ve never seen official transcripts. I can post some notes/quotes of my own up sometime as well.

  • Matt March 22, 2007, 3:18 pm


    I like the idea of transcripts and stuff. But, the real question is where is this Erwin McManus thing from?

  • Winston Baccus March 22, 2007, 7:10 pm

    If we can get a few folks together and rotate, I’d be willing to be part of a transcribing group. Maybe if we had 4-6 people, so that we’d only have to do it every so often. Any takers?

  • Lon March 23, 2007, 1:22 pm

    Hey Matt… I’ve had the McManus clip for years now, I don’t really remember where I got it from now. I think there use to be a similar video of the audio clip on his main site before.

    Winston, i’m up for it, if there are others. how would you want to implement it? a seperate blog? e-group? google docs?

  • Craig July 22, 2007, 12:23 pm

    marty schmidt said that his favorite Rob Bell quote is: “Are you smok’in what you’re selling” in reference to Christian Leadership.

    My second favorite Rob Bell quote is “God loves you just the way you are and he loves you way too much to let you stay that way”

  • Lon July 24, 2007, 11:11 am

    Hey Craig, thanks for dropping by. Excellent quotes, i don’t think the second one is uniquely Rob’s though. The first one most definitely.

  • Sue July 27, 2007, 2:36 pm

    Lori –

    I know Rob is about to embark on The Gods Aren’t Angry Tour. I seem to recall a sermon series of a similar title. I’ve done a lot of searching online and haven’t been able to find anything. Do you know of or have a series with a similar title? I’d love to listen to the sermon series if I could get my hands on it… Let me know if you can help…


  • Lon July 29, 2007, 8:50 pm

    Hey Sue – You’re right, Rob seems to typically tour with stuff he’s done during his regular sermon series, but I can’t quite pinpoint where this one is from…. might have to wait till the reviews to hear what it’s all about!

  • Ryan Morey August 27, 2007, 8:52 pm

    I actually heard this gods arent angry tour is supposed to be stuff that is brand new for him..

    p.s. is it possible to download these sermons, i e sheep goats and us so I can listen to them without sitting in front of my computer all day..?

  • Lon August 28, 2007, 8:19 am

    Hey Ryan, thanks for dropping by. I just updated it so that inline downloadable links are available as well.

  • derek September 21, 2007, 6:04 am

    there is an interview with rob on http://www.wittenburgdoor.com/archives/rob_bell.html
    greetings from germany

  • Lon September 22, 2007, 11:24 am

    Hey Derek, thanks for coming by and contributing! great find, I’m adding that one to the list right now.

  • Johnny5 November 7, 2007, 8:46 am

    I am looking for clips, notes, manuscripts or anything related to the latest tour “The gods aren’t angry” does anyone know where to get anything from that tour?

  • Lon November 7, 2007, 9:52 am

    Hey Johnny5, I was just looking for the same thing, i added a couple links with good notes. thanks for coming by!

  • beim November 12, 2007, 6:59 pm

    This is great. we went to listen to bell last night in seattle and i was stunned…so good. what a great teacher! thanks for these links. i hope you keep updating (in other words, do the hard work for the rest of us!). we are hoping he comes to canada next tour.

  • parks November 12, 2007, 8:46 pm

    do you know where you can get the old mars hill messages? i.e. the leviticus study and the old series listed on the sermon archieve.


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