Item description for NOOMA: Tomato (V22) by Rob Bell...
Overview Most people have grown up believing that their worth, value, and acceptance comes from how good they are--how smart, competent, fast, better, and skilled they are. But Bell points out that Jesus invites Christians to die to all of that in order to really live.
Publishers Description Nooma is a revolutionary product that is changing the way people experience spirituality -- a series of short films on DVD with a 32 page discussion guide.It's not a book or a cassette tape. And it's not a CD or a two-hour movie. It's a new format called NOOMA --- short films, between 10 and 14 minutes long, about God and our lives. Since its limited online release in November 2002, NOOMA has impacted millions of people. Because of this initial success and great potential, Zondervan has partnered with NOOMA to bring these films to the world. NOOMAs are appropriate for personal and small group settings, congregational meetings, and much more. Like parables, they use the experiences of our lives to teach about the fullness of life through Jesus, tackling issues like forgiveness, discipleship, and unconditional love. The study materials accompanying each NOOMA encourage meaningful discussion with relevant questions and biblical references. Rob Bell, a leading pastor and breakthrough communicator in the Christian community, is featured in the first series of NOOMAs.
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Format: Color, DVD, NTSC
Region Code: 0
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Record Label Zondervan
Format Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.38" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.41" Weight: 0.33 lbs.
Binding DVD Video
Release Date Dec 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310278910 ISBN13 9780310278917 UPC 025986278915
Availability 0 units.
More About Rob Bell
Rob Bell lives with his family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he's the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church. Rob is the author of Velvet Elvis, Sex God, Jesus Wants to Save Christians, and Drops Like Stars. He also appeared in a pioneering series of twenty-four short films called NOOMA, as well as in longer version DVDs-- The Art of the Sermon, Everything is Spiritual, The Gods Aren't Angry, and Drops Like Stars. Visit the author online at robbell.com.
Rob Bell was born in 1970.
Rob Bell has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about NOOMA: Tomato (V22)?
Also includes a salsa recipe Sep 26, 2009
I liked Tomato, because Rob begins by talking about salsa, things that grow, being connected with the earth, the circle of life, it was very Lion King. I am not sure I understood the man with the umbrella and the red shoes, perhaps he was the symbol of the person I project, or the bad self that pulls me away from being the person I should, someone wiser than I [like my wife] will have to explain it to me.
"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." ~ Rob Bell
A lesson for both those who live by the teachings of Christ and those who do not. Recently I watched the movie, God Save Us From Your Followers [more on that later] and it seemed to me that the BIG issue with Christians today is convincing others how "right" we are. We think if we can just prove or show or convince how right we are - then people will be convinced and follow Jesus.
That same movie begins with a quote,
"No one ever converted to Christianity because they lost the argument" ~ Phillip Yancey
"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." ~ Rob Bell
The whole message of the gospel is to come and die. When we first see Jesus walking along the seashore and by the sea of Galilee, we see a Jesus calling disciples. "Follow me" he says. The initial call is familiar, friendly and available. But towards the end of his ministry, Jesus reveals to his disciples the destination.
Where are you following Christ....to?
Because it should be the cross. If your message and your gospel isn't a message to come and die, then your message is missing a crucial aspect. How do you move people to come and follow....all the way to the cross?
Death to self means death to being right.
Death to self means death to having all the answers.
Death to self means, "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." Galatians 2:19-20
Amazing Theology Apr 5, 2009
I was introduced to Rob Bell by a 13 yr old member of my youth group who had seen the full length (110 minute) DVD The Gods Aren't Angry WOW! I (the 40 yr old pastor) was tranfixed and SO WERE THE YOUTH! This video "Tomato" is one of the NOOMA series and has a run time of about 15 minutes. I am using NOOMA videos, including this one, as a summer program for youth and adults. Each video comes with a study guide. Each is Biblically grounded and absolutely modern. Each is thoughtful but can also contain great humor. "Tomato" asks us to consider how and why we rate ourselves ("success", "loser" etc) versus how God feels about our worth and value. Good questions get us thinking. Great for youth who NEED the latest and greatest stuff to be cool and for adults who might feel like failures after a job loss or divorce.