AUDIO SERMONS: Mark Driscoll – The Charismatic with a Seat Belt

It seems I have been in good company with my recent emphasis on the spiritual gifts. Mark Driscoll has just finished a six-part series on the gifts at Mars Hill Church, which is helpful as I am looking to recommend materials to you, my ever-patient readers. Those of you who have been around a long time know that although perhaps few obsessions of mine have been as long-lasting as this one on the charismatic, ALL my obsessions have a habit of coming to an end. I honestly feel that we will soon be … [Read more...]

DG06 – When Josh Harris Was Glad He Wasn't Mark Driscoll

Josh Harris reports from one of the discussion sessions - his whole post is great, but what stuck out for me was what he had to say about Driscoll:"Moment I Was Most Glad Not to Be Mark Driscoll: When John Piper gave warm pastoral adjustment and correction to him while he wasn’t there. I thought Driscoll carried himself really well at the conference. God is doing so much through this man. This weekend Mars Hill celebrates it's ten-year anniversary. Praise God! I love his courage, his passion for … [Read more...]

DG06 – More from Session 4 with Mark Driscoll

There has been an interesting development in the live-blogging world that is unique to this conference - Tim Challies is finally getting some real competition! Nobody seems able to do the "Tim thing" for all the sessions, but there sure have been some people who have put up a remarkable effort for individual talks - presumably those that have particularly helped them. So for session 4, although I obviously would like to direct you to Tim's notes as well, I have decided to quote from the Na - … [Read more...]

DG06 – Session 4 – Mark Driscoll

Over on the appropriately named God and Culture blog, they can wear the award proudly as first out of the block with reflections from session 4 of Desiring God's National Conference:"The most controversial aspect of the conference is the fact that John Piper invited the cussing pastor, Mark Driscoll, from Mars Hill Church in Seattle to be a keynote speaker. Mark spoke today on the nine areas of theology we must hold and contend for in our left hand as we hold open our right hand to be … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll on the Atonement Controversy

Driscoll is no neoliberal and his last blog post is very clear about the atonement: "In the fall of 2005, I preached a lengthy series on the accomplishments of Jesus crucifixion and came to realize that the cross was as foolish and offensive as ever. We had to call 911 for a woman who passed out during the sermon on blood. We had more than one angry person try and get on the stage to fight me during the propitiation sermon, which resulted in beefing up our security on Sundays and having a police … [Read more...]

Driscoll on Being All Things to All Men

Eric Zeller of FoolishBlog has an interesting post based on Mark Driscoll's last sermon. I have taken the liberty of posting it in its entirety as his template is broken so you cannot read it there!1 Corinthians 9:19-23 says:For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll Defines Reformission

Musings of a Missional Madman has a great quote: "'Reformission is a radical call to reform the church's traditionally flawed view of missions as something carried out in foreign lands, and to focus instead on the urgent need in our own neighborhoods, which are filled with diverse cultures of Americans who desperately need the Gospel of Jesus and life in his Church. Most significant, they need a gospel and a church who are faithful both to the scriptural texts and to the cultural contexts of … [Read more...]

Death by Ministry – Driscoll Explains the Pressures

Death by Ministry is a fantastic post by Mark Driscoll on the pressures of pastoral ministry and what to do about them to prevent becoming just another statistic like these:Fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to moral failure, spiritual burnout, or contention in their churches.Fifty percent of pastors' marriages will end in divorce.Eighty percent of pastors and eighty-four percent of their spouses feel unqualified and discouraged in their role as pastors.Fifty percent of … [Read more...]

Driscoll-gate – Scandal or Witch Hunt?

I have already linked to some of the posts that have been reverberating around the Blogdom of God in the last few days about Mark Driscoll and his new book. Of all the posts, there is no doubt in my mind that my old friend and blogging partner, the JollyBlogger, unquestionably has written the best.I have been urged to comment on this matter, mainly I guess because I am perceived as somewhat in favour of Driscoll following my previous interview with him. Against my better judgment, I have decided … [Read more...]

Driscoll – The Foul-Mouthed Preacher?

Challies Dot Com and THE pyromaniac have been speaking about the appropriateness of certain language for a Christian. This has been prompted by Tim's review of Driscoll's book. Carla, not surprisingly, is not backward in making her opinions known. For once, I'm going to let this one pass without comment and let y'all imagine what I think on the matter.I have bigger fish to fry - a sermon to whip into final shape for tomorrow! … [Read more...]