You cant talk about sexuality without talking about how we were made. And that will inevitably lead you to who made us. At some point you have to talk about God. Sex. God. Theyre connected. And they cant be separated. Where the one is, you will always find the other.
—from Sex GodHe is the featured speaker in the first sequence of NOOMA, a series of spiritual short films that investigate questions of faith and explore the world from the perspective of Jesus. In 2005, he published his first book, Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, a fresh take on Christianity that emphasizes inclusiveness, flexibility, love, and forgiveness. His 2007 follow-up, Sex God, explores the connections between sexuality and spirituality and was described by Publishers Weekly as a book that joyfully ties, and then tightens, the knot between God and humankind. Bell and his wife, Kristin, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with their two sons.
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A few interesting outtakes from our interview with Bell: Ive never had a cup of coffee. A couple years ago, I hit my head doing a flip on a wakeboard and for three days I had to be told who I was and that I was married and had kids. The first time I shared the ideas for Velvet Elvis with a publisher, they were convinced that it was actually six books. I remember thinking, Six books? I dont know if I can even write one! My boys and I are into any sort of board you can ride. Wakeboard, skateboard, snowboard, surf board, etc.