As I met these new friends, these were people who did things differently, did church differently, but they had good reasons for it. This was not the scenario of the college kids dying their hair purple because nobody else was, or liking dub step because no one had every heard of it. Instead, they were counter-cultural in real, theologically formed ways.
Amen! If you’ve followed any of the criticisms of Rob Bell, the most common superfluous attack against him and others that are theologically or culturally innovative, concerns his cool or hipness as if Bell was doing what he was doing for the primary reason that it was cool. If you’ve followed him closely, you’d know that Fox’s quote governs his actions moreso than any of the “apprising” attacks against him.
And this goes for everyone else who wants to look at things afresh. They aren’t being cool, they are imagining the possible.