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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mark Driscoll in the NYT

The NYT has a great article about Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill in Seattle and his hard core Calvinism. It's a well written piece with the exception of lumping Bill Hybels and Joel Osteen into the same category.

I don't know why Hybels and Willowcreek get put on the poster of being soft on sin and hell. For some reason, all journalists think that if you are a megachurch you got that why by preaching feel good messages and never telling people about sin or hell. That's crap. Look at Driscoll. Willowcreek may be seeker sensitive but have never been soft on sin. I've heard Bill Hybels preach on sin and hell when I attended there.

My favorite Driscoll sermon is his theology of alcohol: Good Wine, Glad Hearts. Funny.

Who Would Jesus Smack Down? - Mark Driscoll, a Pastor with a Macho Conception of Christ - NYTimes.com:
"What bothers Driscoll — and the growing number of evangelical pastors who agree with him — is not the trope of Jesus-as-lover. After all, St. Paul tells us that the Church is the bride of Christ. What really grates is the portrayal of Jesus as a wimp, or worse. Paintings depict a gentle man embracing children and cuddling lambs. Hymns celebrate his patience and tenderness. The mainstream church, Driscoll has written, has transformed Jesus into “a Richard Simmons, hippie, queer Christ,” a “neutered and limp-wristed popular Sky Fairy of pop culture that . . . would never talk about sin or send anyone to hell.”"

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