Mark Driscoll encourages us to point people to Jesus

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The Gospel itself is more scandalous than any of the recent controversies that have embroiled Mark Driscoll.The Gospel is the scandal that God loves sinners like you and me.The Gospel is the scandal that he keeps loving us when we fall.The Gospel is the scandal that no matter how low you fall, Jesus can get under you and lift you up.The Gospel is the good news that God never gives up on you.As we learnt from Ann Voskamp, we should never get over the Gospel.Many religious … [Read more...]

My thoughts on the latest round of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 controversy

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As most of you may have heard by now, Acts 29 has removed Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church from their network of churches, stating,  “It is our conviction that the nature of the accusations against Mark, most of which have been confirmed by him, make it untenable and unhelpful to keep Mark and Mars Hill in our network. In taking this action, our prayer is that it will encourage the leadership of Mars Hill to respond in a distinctive and godly manner so that the name of Christ will not co … [Read more...]

Plagiarism Principles for Pastors after the Mark Driscoll controversy

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There are some controversies online that I chose to sit out deliberately. In recent weeks there has been one such raging on the subject of plagiarism. Certain accusations were made about Mark Driscoll in a radio interview online which was then withdrawn from the Internet, whilst some "citation errors" were then acknowledged by Mars Hill. The use of research assistants and even ghost writers by a number of well-known pastors  has also been discussed. I am not interested in commenting on the … [Read more...]

Strange Fire: Mark Driscoll open letter to John MacArthur

There has been an interesting twist to the Strange Fire controversy and the side-show which is Mark Driscoll vs John MacArthur. In an open letter, Driscoll has challenged MacArthur to a duel I mean genial discussion with himself or Wayne Grudem at his Resurgence Conference.The Strange Fire conference felt like one group in the Church erecting a large wall, and then yelling over the top of at it at another group.If they really want to help the Global Church, Grace To You must look for ways to … [Read more...]

What Mark Driscoll likes about Joel Osteen

In the middle of an interview about Driscolls new book (which I reviewed here) is a fascinating aside from Driscoll, never one to pull his punches, about America's most prominent pastor, Joel Osteen, who many like to criticise:  "I am aware of the theological differences that exist between our tribe and Pastor Joel. I also know my Reformed brothers like to treat Pastor Joel like a piñata, but there are worse things than being happy and encouraging at a time when the most common prescription m … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have … [Read more...]

Who do you think you are? by Mark Driscoll

Driscoll has brought out a new book entitled ""Who do you think you are? Finding your true identity in Christ". I was honoured to be asked to write an endorsement for the book. Here is what I said:This is not a self-help book. It reminds you that your life is not about you, it's all about Jesus. Driscoll's latest book teaches Christians that true freedom can only be found in rejoicing in who you are in Jesus. Did you know that you are a saint? What an antidote to low self esteem! Forgiven? … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on British Christians – hear it for yourself (the full interview with Justin Brierley)

Over the last few days there has been a fair amount of discussion online about the interview I link to below.  It is a conversation between two people whom I both consider to be my friends.Mark Driscoll, the sometimes controversial pastor of Mars Hill Church, Seattle has done much to advance the cause of Christ, and for that I am very grateful to God.Justin Brierley's Unbelievable?  radio show and podcast provides a unique opportunity for people from different wings of the church, and also th … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on Rick Warren

I know Rick Warren is something of a controversial figure and I have blogged previously about why I like him.  Here is an interesting post from Driscoll which shows the kind of person Rick is: I first heard from Pastor Rick Warren perhaps a few years ago. He said he wanted me to fly down to a conference he was hosting, hang out, and get some time together. So, I did, along with a few friends. We learned a lot from Rick and his staff. They were incredibly nice, showed us around, and seemed … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll has a new website

Mark Driscoll has now gathered all his web content into one site, and will be adding some more theological and practical content from him and his family. Sounds interesting, check out pastormark.tv Here is an extract from the introduction:Through various posts, I’ll cover the theological and the practical, doctrine and life, what Christians believe and how Christians behave, and the text of Scripture and context of life. The big idea is that we need both a theology of something (e.g., m … [Read more...]


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