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"Breathe" Featuring Rob Bell

Posted: March 11, 2019

Week 1: March 11

Welcome to the online version for the weeks of Lent in March and early April of the Nooma Video series by Rob Bell. Each week on Monday we will post the video link we are using and the Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran pastor who is leading the onsite discussion groups will post questions. Then, during the week we invite you to return to this post to join the online discussion.

Weekly Discussion Questions:

  1. Share a personal reaction to this video.  What interested you, struck you as important, or raised questions for you? 

  2. What are your thoughts about Rob Bell’s idea that we are always on holy ground – that every place is holy because God is in every place?  How might that awareness make a difference in your daily life?

  3. Breath is the main image in this film. What is it like for you to consciously breathe slowly in and out while imagining that breath speaks God’s name and is the actual, physical presence of God filling your body with the gift of divine presence?

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About Rob Bell’s NOOMA Video Series:
NOOMA is a series of short films promoting spiritual reflections on individual life experiences. The name NOOMA comes from a phonetic spelling of the Greek word πνευμα (pneuma), meaning "wind," "spirit," or "breath". The video series consists of 24 videos created from 2002 - 2009 featuring Christian teacher Rob Bell, who at the time was lead pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. Each film is from 10 - 14 minutes long and includes a short story to help illustrate a specific topic from a biblical theme to inspire personal reflection on life from a Christian perspective. (edited from Wikipedia)