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Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing. He inspired, challenged, provoked, comforted, and invited people to be open to God’s work in this world. Wherever he went, whatever he did, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in. NOOMA is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. NOOMA is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.


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S01E01 Rain 04/01/2005 Things don’t always work out the way we want them to, or the way we think they will. Sometimes we don’t even see it coming. We get hit with some form of pain out of nowhere leaving us feeling desperate and helpless. That’s the way life is. Still, it makes us wonder how God can let these things happen to us. How God can just stand by and watch us suffer. Where is God when it really hurts? Maybe God is actually closer to us than we think. Maybe it’s when we’re in these situations, where everything seems to be falling apart, that God gets an opportunity to remind us of how much he really loves us.
S01E02 Flame 04/01/2005 I love those shoes. Really? The same way I love my wife? What’s up with the word “love”? It doesn’t have much meaning when we use it so loosely. Maybe we don’t really get it. Maybe we don’t understand what real love is. What it involves to really love somebody. What it means to give yourself to someone else. We mistake things like friendship, commitment, or lust for love, but God wired us a certain way to experience all that love was really meant to be. Not to hold us back or to make us miss out on the best that life has to offer. God created love, and wants us to feel it all in the way it’s meant to be felt.
S01E03 Trees 04/01/2005 We want to know why we are here. If our lives really matter. How our religion is relevant to this life. Today. We want to understand what significance this minute, hour, week, month, and year has to our lives. To our world. We need a God who cares about this life, in this world, right now. We want to understand why everything we think, everything we say, and everything we do matters. We don't want to just sit back and wait for something to happen or someday to come. We want to know if all the choices we make now will shape our world and lives for eternity. Because we want our lives to have meaning today, and our lives today to have meaning forever.
S01E04 Sunday 04/01/2005 Why do we do the things we do? Why do we go to church or give money away? Because we're supposed to or because we think God needs it? Do we honestly put on our best clothes for an hour once a week, stand and sit at all the right times, and sing all the appropriate songs for God's sake, or because it'll make us look better to the world around us? We're tired of all the empty rituals and routines. And so is God. God hates it when we call ourselves Christians but ignore all the things he really cares about. He hates it when we go through hollow religious routines out of some feeling of duty or obligation. God doesn't want the meaningless rituals. God wants our hearts.
S01E05 Noise 04/01/2005 Why is silence so hard to deal with? Why is it so much easier for us to live our lives with a lot of things going on all the time that to just be in silence? We're constantly surrounded with "voices" that are influencing us on how to think, feel, and behave. Movies, music, TV, Internet, cell phones, and a never-ending barrage of advertising. There's always something going on. Always noise in our lives. But maybe there's a connection between the amount of noise in our lives and our inability to hear God. If God sometimes feels distant to us, maybe it's not because he's not talking to us, but simply because we aren't really listening.
S01E06 Kickball 04/01/2005 We always think we know what's missing from our lives in order to really make us happy, don't we? If only I had that car, or that job, or if only I could lose those 15 pounds, then I'd be happy. Really? How often do we want something only to find out that it wasn't that great after all? Sometimes we ask God for things and if he doesn't deliver right away, we start questioning whether God really understands or even cares. Do we really trust God? Do we trust that God is good and sees a bigger picture than we ever could? It's easy to want what's right in front of us, but maybe God knows what's better for us, and sometimes we just can't see it.
S01E07 Luggage 04/01/2005 Maybe a friend turned his or her back on you. Maybe someone you loved betrayed you. We all have wounds and we end up carrying these things that people have done to us for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. It isn't always easy to forgive these people and after a while these hurts can get really heavy. So the only way to feel better seems to be somehow getting back at the people that hurt us, to get revenge. But does revenge ever truly satisfy? Maybe forgiving isn't something you do for someone else to let them off the hook. Maybe forgiveness is about you. God didn't create you to carry these wounds around. God created you to be free.
S01E08 Dust 04/01/2005 Believing in God is important, but what about God believing in us? Believing that we can actually be the kind of people we were meant to be. People of love, compassion, peace, forgiveness, and hope. People who try to do the right thing all of the time. Who act on the endless opportunities around us every day for good, beauty, and truth. It's easy for us to sometimes get down on ourselves. To feel "not good enough" or feel like we don't have what it takes. But maybe if we had more insight into the culture that Jesus grew up in and some of the radical things he did, we'd understand the faith that God has in all of us.
S01E09 Bullhorn 04/01/2005 God loves everyone, so a Christian should, too. In fact, Jesus said that the most important thing in life is to love God with everything we've got and love other the same way. But it's not always easy to love everyone around us, is it? Sometimes we strongly disagree with other people's political views, religious beliefs, behaviors, or something else, and it makes it hard to love them when we feel like we're right and they're very wrong. But Jesus doesn't separate loving God and loving others. So maybe the best way for us to show our love for God is actually by loving other people no matter how hard it sometimes is. Maybe it's the only way.
S01E10 Lump 04/01/2005 A lot of us have done things in our lives that we're ashamed of. Some are small things, and some of us have really big and devastating things. Some of us even have things that people close to us don't know about. Personal junk that we keep to ourselves so we don't have to deal with it. Because we don't know how to deal with it, do we? We're afraid that if we try it's just going to make everything worse. But no matter how big our junk is, no matter how much what we've done has impacted the way other people feel about us or how we feel about ourselves, it hasn't changed how God feels about us. God loves us, he always has and always will, and there's nothing we can do to change that.
S01E11 Rhythm 11/01/2005 What does it mean to have a relationship with God? What does it look like? For a lot of us it's a hard thing to understand. If God is an infinite spirit with no shape or form, how can we possibly relate to that? And what about Jesus? He said he came to give everyone life in its fullest. He came to show us how to live. Maybe it's through trusting Jesus and living the kind of life he taught us to live--a life of truth, love, justice, compassion, forgiveness, and sacrifice--that we have a relationship with God. Maybe the way we live every day, every single choice we make, determines how in tune with God we are.
S01E12 Matthew 02/01/2006 Suffering the loss of someone we love can be the most difficult thing in life to deal with. One moment we have them and the next they're gone. What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to feel? The truth is, there's no certain way we're "supposed" to feel. Whatever we're feeling, it's okay. It's okay to feel shock, anger, denial, or whatever we may feel. It's okay. And if we don't feel anything at all, that's okay too. It's okay to have no answers and no explanations. Because sometimes all the reasoning and comforting words in the world just aren't what we need. What might help us, however, is to understand how Jesus dealt with this kind of loss.
S01E13 Rich 07/01/2006 There's a popular bumper sticker that reads "God Bless America," but hasn't America already been blessed? It's easy for us to fall into a mindset of viewing "our" world as "the" world, because it's all we generally see. We're constantly bombarded with images of the latest styles and models of everything, and it can easily leave us feeling like what we have isn't enough because we see people that have even more than us. But how does what we have compare to what most people in the world have? Maybe what we have is enough; maybe it's more than enough. Maybe God has blessed us with everything we have so we can bliss and give to others.
S01E14 Breathe 12/01/2006 With everything that we've got going on every day, how many of us ever think about our breathing, about the meaning of breathing? Yet, for thousands of years, people have understood that our physical breath is a picture of a deeper spiritual reality. In the Bible, the word for "breath" is the same as the word for "spirit." There's an inherent dilemma at the core of what makes us human. We've all been created in the image of God and possess immense power and strength. And at the same time, our lives are incredibly vulnerable and fragile. Maybe if we had more insight into the meaning of breathing, we would better understand how God created us as human beings.
S01E15 You 04/01/2007 Some of the central claims of the Christian faith are the source of many discussions and heated debates. But are we always debating the right things? Maybe some of our discussions would change significantly if we had more insight into the actual circumstances that surrounded the first people of the Christian movement--if we had a better understanding of the things they did in the context of the world they lived in. Maybe some of the claims of the Christian faith that we typically perceive to be unique aren't really that special at all. And at the same time, maybe we don't always put enough emphasis on the things that truly should matter in our lives.
S01E16 Store 06/01/2007 We all get angry about things from time to time--some of us more often than others. For some of us, it feels like we're constantly on the brink of losing it, where it doesn't take much to get angry about anything. And this kind of anger can be seen everywhere we go--at work, in traffic, at the store, at home. But what is really at its root? Anger is often looked at as a bad thing, but are there things actually worth getting angry about? Maybe if we had a better understanding of our anger and where it comes from, we could learn how to channel it toward something constructive--something that's bigger than ourselves.
S01E17 Today 08/01/2007 How much time and energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to be? We often think about times in our past when things were different and want our lives to be like that again. Some of us have even come to believe that our best days may actually be behind us. But if we're in some way hung up on the past, what does that mean for our lives now? How are we and those around us affected if we're not fully present? If we're longing for the way things used to be, what does that really say about our understanding and appreciation of our lives today? Maybe we need to learn to embrace our past for what it is, in order to live our lives to the fullest, right here, right now.
S01E18 Name 11/01/2007 We all compare ourselves to others. We spend our lives wondering what others think and say about us. Some of us even wish we were someone else. We question why we are the way we are and not the way we wish we could be. Some of us have let the expectations of others dictate who we've become. We act a certain way to be accepted but know that we're being untrue. But why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like? What does it say about us if we are unable to accept who we are? Maybe if we really knew our true selves, we wouldn't give so much attention to other peoples' lives and live more in tune with the life God wants for us.
S01E19 Open 03/01/2008 Many of us have experienced situations where we've prayed and it felt like God wasn't listening. And yet other times we've prayed or known someone that prayed and the situation changed. Does God answer prayer? Sometimes, but not all the time? Or does God always answer prayer it's just that sometimes God says no? some of us are angry with God for not answering the prayers we've prayed for years. Why did he answer their prayer but not ours? What if there's more to prayer than just God listening and answering? Maybe if we understood how Jesus prayed, our concepts and expectations of prayer would change.
S01E20 Shells 07/01/2008 Do you often find yourself saying, "I'm so busy" or "I just have so much to do"? It's easy to get overwhelmed with appointments, gatherings, to-do lists. But what are we really doing with our time? Many of us are running from place to place and it seems like life is just passing us by. We're doing so many things, a little bit of everything, and yet it doesn't feel like much of a life. But most of us find it hard to say no. We feel obligated. There are so many good things to do. So many good causes to join. But while we're busy doing all these good things, are we missing out on something great? Maybe saying no would be easier if we knew what it meant to say yes.
S01E21 She 09/01/2008 We didn't have anything to do with our birth. We are all here because some woman somewhere gave us life. Her pain, her effort, for our life. And when a mother gives like that to a child, she is showing us what God is like. But sometimes this part of God's nature is overlooked. a lot of us are comfortable with male imagery for God. But what about female imagery for God? Is God limited to a gender? Or does God transcend and yet include what we know as male and female? Maybe if we were more aware of the feminine imagery for God we would have a better understanding of who God is and what God is like.
S01E22 Tomato 11/01/2008 We all get consumed with ourselves; sometimes we're not even aware of it. We learn from a young age that life is about winning and impressing. We pick up that our worth and value come from how good, how smart, and how skilled we are. So, we twist things in our favor, making us look like we have it all together. Every day we have the choice to prop up these false ideas about ourselves or to let go of them. Jesus invites these parts of us to die, the parts of us that tell us our worth comes from the things we say and do. Maybe it's only when we let these things die, that we truly begin to live.
S01E23 Corner 05/01/2009 Why is it that often when we get what we want, we still feel empty? We work so hard to succeed, but our lives just end up becoming more about us. Can success turn on us? Can we get caught up in a smaller world where our lives are all about the things that we want? Or is there another way to live? Where life is about more than just us. Where we see people in need and we do something about it. Where our world is expanding because we are sharing our success. And maybe in attempting to save someone else from their suffering, we find out that we are actually the ones being saved.
S01E24 Whirlwind 09/01/2009 A lot of us have gone through times in our lives that are difficult. Some have been small and hard to understand and some have been big and overwhelming. During these times we want answers, don't we? We want to know why. Why do we have to suffer? Why do bad things happen to good people? We just want someone to make sense of it all. But we don't always get the answers, do we? Sometimes we are left wondering. And those can be some of the most difficult times. Maybe there are times we need to be released from having to have all the answers. And maybe it's when we're released that we are able see there may be more going on here than we realize.
S00E01 Everything Is Spiritual 06/11/2007 In the Hebrew Scriptures there is no word for "spiritual." And Jesus never used the phrase "spiritual life." Because for Jesus and his tradition, all of life is spiritual. So what does that mean?
S00E02 The Gods Aren't Angry 20/07/2008 Where did the first caveman or cavewoman get the idea that somebody, somewhere existed who needed to be worshipped, appeased, and followed? And how did the idea evolve that if you didn't say, do, or offer the right things, this being would be upset, agitated, or even angry with you? Where did religion come from?
S00E03 Drops Like Stars 09/10/2010 Follow Rob in this two-hour exploration of the endlessly complex relationship between suffering and creativity. This film was shot on location during the Drops Like Stars 45-city international tour.
S00E04 Poets, Prophets & Preachers: The Original Guerilla Theatre 16/09/2010
S00E05 Poets, Prophets & Preachers: Beginning in the Beginning 16/09/2010
S00E06 Poets, Prophets & Preachers: The Science of Homiletical Architecture 16/09/2010
S00E07 Poets, Prophets & Preachers: Radar, Buckets, Chunks, & The Marinade 16/09/2010
S00E08 Poets, Prophets & Preachers: Death by Paper Cuts 16/09/2010
S00E09 Everything Is Spiritual (2016 Tour) 01/05/2016 "When I did the first Everything is Spiritual tour and film in 2006, I remember thinking 'I wonder if I’ll ever do a part 2…' I knew that if there was going to be follow up, the ideas would have to be really compelling and it would take a long time to put it together and of course I’d need a new white board. Ten years later here it is my friends, Everything is Spiritual, 2016."
S00E10 Rediscovering Wonder 17/07/2012 Affectionately known as "nooma | 025", explore the "Spirituality of Wonder" with Rob in this short video.
S00E11 The Cross 18/12/2014 For thousands of years, people have viewed the symbol of the cross as an icon of hope. But does it ever strike you as strange that the cross is actually an ancient execution device? Originally a clip from the special "The Rob Bell Show", in this short film, progressive pastor Rob Bell shows us a different way to look at this enduring symbol and how it can help us make peace with our past.
S00E12 Evangelical 05/11/2015 What does "evangelical" really mean?
S00E14 The Hell-Raiser 15/12/2016 In the early aughts, when he was barely in his thirties, Rob Bell was a star. Bell, a pastor, was the founder of the evangelical Mars Hill Bible Church, in West Michigan. The church had started scrappily, in 1999, with just a few hundred congregants (it was a transplant from an established congregation in Grand Rapids where Bell had worked before), but, largely thanks to Bell, it quickly ballooned in size. Within a few years, Mars Hill was meeting in a building that used to house a mall, and Sunday attendance was around ten thousand. Bell had built an impressive reputation as a preacher; he had a conversational style and a knack for making his messages straightforward and appealing, especially to young people. But, as his preaching thrived, Bell’s personal faith was reaching a point of crisis. He began to feel that he could no longer share the standard evangelical messages that he had been preaching—about salvation and damnation and the infallible scripture—in good conscience. So he modified his approach, avoiding some topics and opening others to skepticism, and changing how the church was run. This evolution caused fractures in the congregation, some of them quite large; when Bell opened up church-leadership roles to women, for instance, attendance dropped by two thousand. In the course of a decade, the once celebrated wunderkind became a polarizing figure, and the turmoil came to a head in 2011, when Bell published a book called “Love Wins.” The book called into question the idea of a punitive, horrific, eternal Hell where God sends nonbelievers. The book was hugely controversial in evangelical Christian circles, and within a year Bell left Mars Hill. In this video from the Amazon Originals series “The New Yorker Presents,” based on a story by Kelefa Sanneh that appeared in the magazine in 2012, Bell talks about the path that led him to the center, and then out to the fringes, and beyond, of American evangelicalism. At his new home, in California—where he write
S00E21 Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived. 02/03/2011 Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever...? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn't start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.
S00E22 The Love Wins Companion: A Study Guide for Those Who Want To Go Deeper 15/11/2011
S00E23 Love Wins for Teens: If God Threw a Party, Would Everyone Be Invited? Would You? 21/02/2013 In this new edition, Rob Bell focuses his attention on explaining in ways both understandable and approachable to teens how it is that "love wins"—and why that's such an important lesson to learn.
S00E24 What We Talk about When We Talk about God 05/03/2013 New York Times bestselling author Rob Bell, whom The New Yorker describes as "one of the most influential Christian leaders in the country," does for the concept of God what he did for heaven and hell in his book Love Wins: He shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and how to return vitality and vibrancy to lives of faith today.
S00E25 What We Talk about When We Talk about God: Behind the Book 12/02/2013 Rob shows how traditional ideas have grown stale and dysfunctional and how to return vitality and vibrancy to lives of faith today.
S00E26 What We Talk about When We Talk about God: A Special News and Pews Message 07/03/2013
S00E27 The Zimzum of Love: A New Way of Understanding Marriage 08/10/2014 Zimzum is a Hebrew term where God, in order to have a relationship with the world, contracts, creating space for the creation to exist. In marriage, zimzum is the dynamic energy field between two partners, in which each person contracts to allow the other to flourish. Mastering this field, this give and take of energy, is the secret to what makes marriage flourish. Rob and Kristin Bell are brutally honest about their own struggles, their ups and downs, as together they pass along what matters most for couples. In this wise book, they explore the secret of what makes a happy union—probing the mystery at the heart of the extraordinary emotional connection that binds two people. With his down-to-earth charm, a dose of whimsy, and memorable stories, Rob, writing with his wife Kristen, changes how we consider marriage, providing insight that can help all of us create satisfying and sacred unions of our own.
S00E28 The Zimzum of Love: What Is Zimzum? 28/10/2014 Kristen and Rob answer, "What is Zimzum?"
S00E29 The Zimzum of Love: The Pete Holmes Interview 13/11/2014 Is there anything better than a conversation about The Zimzum of Love with Pete Holmes? Here's one of the many great questions he asked…
S00E30 How To Be Here: A Guide To Creating a Life Worth Living 04/02/2016 The blinking line is asking you: What will you bring into existence?
S00E31 How To Be Here: Adam and Eve 19/02/2016 In How to Be Here, bestselling author Rob Bell lays out the concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams, interweaving engaging stories, lessons from biblical figures like Adam and Eve, insights gleaned from Rob's personal experience, and practical advice.
S00E32 How To Be Here: Why I Wrote How To Be Here 07/03/2016 In How to Be Here, bestselling author Rob Bell lays out the concrete steps we can use to define and follow our dreams, interweaving engaging stories, lessons from biblical figures, insights gleaned from Rob's personal experience, and practical advice.
S00E33 How To Be Here: What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? 05/04/2016 In How to Be Here, bestselling author Rob Bell helps readers discover what gets them out of bed in the morning and shares ways that we align our lives with our passions.
S00E34 How To Be Here: Failure 19/04/2016 In How to Be Here, bestselling author Rob Bell reminds readers that failure is part of the process of creating a life worth living. He encourages us to embrace failure and learn from it.
S00E35 What Is The Bible?: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything 19/04/2017 In What Is the Bible?, bestselling author Rob Bell provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of inspiration, showcasing a brand new way of reading this sacred text. Diving deep into scripture, Bell explains the worst question we can ask of a text (“Why did God…?”) and the best question to ask (“Why did people find this important to write down?”) to discover how the Good Book can best guide us today.
S00E36 What Is The Bible?: How Should We Read the Stories in The Bible? 26/04/2017 In What Is the Bible?, bestselling author Rob Bell provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of inspiration, showcasing a brand new way of reading this sacred text. Diving deep into scripture, Bell explains the worst question we can ask of a text (“Why did God…?”) and the best question to ask (“Why did people find this important to write down?”) to discover how the Good Book can best guide us today.
S00E37 What Is The Bible?: Why Bother with The Bible? 03/05/2017 In What Is the Bible?, bestselling author Rob Bell provides surprising insights and answers about how the Bible actually works as a source of inspiration, showcasing a brand new way of reading this sacred text. Diving deep into scripture, Bell explains the worst question we can ask of a text (“Why did God…?”) and the best question to ask (“Why did people find this important to write down?”) to discover how the Good Book can best guide us today.

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