Mark Driscoll on ABC Nightline
ABC Nightline just did a news report on Mark Driscoll and his church “Mars Hill” in Seattle. The report had that sensationalist edge to it trying to create a “buzz” or a controversial slant. I think its comical that today in America if you believe in the Bible, you believe that Jesus came to save us from our sins, that there is a heaven to attain and a hell to miss, essentially if you believe in what C.S. Lewis would describe as Mere Christianity then you are radical.
I personally agree with most of Mark Driscoll’s theology. Usually if I wince, its in the way he says something rather than the right or wrong on what he actually said. I can picture him in 10 years saying alot of, “Yeah, I could have said that better…but I was young.”
But I do have a lot of affinity with him. Like me, he was on the Emergent Church train, saw where it was heading, and quickly got off. He is preaching Biblical Christianity in a city (Seattle) where it would be very easy to take a wishy washy position on a number of crucial Christian issues.
He also goes against the flow in being a role model for manhood. There is a feminization which is gripping our culture. Masculinity is practically portrayed as something to be cured of. Heck, even Bill Maher bemoans America’s feminization. Driscoll preaches a responsibility of men to be men and lead their homes, families, and churches. This is a message that is usually ignored even in conservative evangelical churches.
So, yes Mark Driscoll uses words like “dude” and that make me cringe. But he also preaches a strong Biblical worldview and is unashamed while doing it.
…plus he’s a baseball fan which makes him OK in my book!
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