In January 2008, the following post was identified as the number one all-time most popular post with readers of this blog. The 2nd most-read post was “Blogging, Discernment, and a Book by Tim Challies.”
Back in April 2006, I had only recently heard of Mark Driscoll. When we conducted this interview, he was already prompting quite a significant response online, and as the months progressed, he would become probably the most talked-about preacher on the Internet. Other recent and popular posts on my blog about Mark Driscoll include:
- Mark Driscoll, Terry Virgo, and Shepherding God’s People
- Driscoll on the Defeat of Shame and the Scotland MP3s
- Mark Driscoll Preaches On the Atonement in Edinburgh, Scotland
- Mark Driscoll at Menmakers in Scotland
- Mark Driscoll Apologizes for Not Being Humble
- Mark Driscoll Firm, But Kind, About Joel Osteen on Prosperity Teaching
- Mark Driscoll in Christianity Today
I have also listed ways of obtaining Mark Driscoll’s sermons online at “Audio Sermons: Mark Driscoll—The Charismatic With a Seat Belt“.
It is an absolute pleasure to welcome to my blog, Mark Driscoll. Mark is known for having a prominent role in the early days of the Emergent movement, and for his rapidly growing Mars Hill Church. More recently, via his new venture, Resurgence, he has made an explosive entry into the Christian blog-world, which some have likened to none other than The Pyromaniac himself. More posts about Mark Driscoll are linked at the end of this article. You can also visit my interview with Wendy Alsup, a deacon at Mark Driscoll’s church.
So, Mark, tell us a bit about yourself and your ministry . . . .
I was born in 1970 to a hard-working blue construction worker dad. I was raised Irish Catholic, but did not know Jesus until God saved me while reading Romans in college at the age of 19. Shortly thereafter, God spoke to me, telling me to plant a church, train men, preach the Bible, and marry my girlfriend, who was a Christian I dearly loved. I married Grace at the age of 21, graduated with a degree in Speech at 22, moved back to my hometown of Seattle, and launched Mars Hill Church at the age of 25. Today I am the father of five children and remain one of the elders at Mars Hill Church.
- Relevants—theologically conservative, culturally innovative church forms.
- Reformed Relevants—theologically conservative and reformed, culturally innovative church forms.
- Reconstructionists—theologically conservative, reinventing church forms.
- Revisionists—theologically liberal, reinventing church forms.
I have no problem with the evangelical Relevants (e.g. Dan Kimball, Chris Seay, Rob Bell, Erwin McManus). I have respect for, but some concerns with, the house church Reconstructionists. I consider myself a Reformed Relevant. And, the Emergent crowd is Revisionist, which I have strong concerns about regarding such things as gender roles, original sin, substitionary atonement, homosexuality, authority of Scripture, hell, etc.
Let me agree that much of the church today is incredibly frustrating. Personally, when I hear so many young guys denying substitutionary atonement and the like after drinking from the emerging church toilet, I turn green and my clothes don’t fit. However, let me say though that we need to stay on mission . . . .
Not to boast, but we have stayed on our mission and gone from nothing to 3600 in the nation’s least churched city. Meanwhile, the gay pastors are on their mission, the Republican pastors are on their moral mission, the Charismaniacs are on their prosperity mission, and the list goes on forever. What I’m finding is that if I stay on my mission, eventually a platform gets big enough that you kind of just have permission to do your thing and others respect you even if they don’t like you.
Sure, some pastors and churches are angry that I’m not putting my weight behind their mission, but in the end, I won’t stand before them for judgment and they won’t stand before me, so I just let it go and keep pushing ahead until I see Jesus and He can separate sheep and goats and hand out rewards to the faithful. In the meantime, I refuse to get off my ladder, but keep my sword close by, and if a wolf shows up in my flock, then I draw my sword, but not until then
I posted this on our church planters website to a young pastor who asked for my input. I took the metaphor from Spurgeon’s Sword and Trowel magazine.
Sadly, that’s all the time we have. Many thanks, Mark, for taking time out of your busy schedule to join us.
I appreciate the opportunity.
Other Posts on My Blog About Mark Driscoll:
- Discovering Mark Driscoll
- DG06 – Session 4 – Mark Driscoll
- DG06 – More From Session 4 with Mark Driscoll
- Mark Driscoll Theological Misfit and No Longer Emergent
- Mark Driscoll Publicly Apologizes to Brian Maclaren
- Mark Driscoll Defines Reformission
- Mark Driscoll on the Resurrection
- Mark Driscoll on the Atonement Controversy
- Driscoll-gate – Scandal or Witch Hunt?
- You Can Read a Man By His Friends.
- DG06 National Conference mp3s Now Available
- Just Adding Water to the “Proverbial Fire”
- Driscoll: Radical Reformission Gospel and Culture
- Driscoll on Being All Things to All Men
- The Charismatics and Disagreeing in Grace