Can Driscoll’s Army of SuperMen Save the Church From Death and Destruction?

When do legitimate experiments to turn godly men into manly men mutate into mad science—a design to reject the unfit via spiritual “natural selection”? Answer: When church leaders base their efforts on clichéd fears, outside appearances, and worldliness.Recently Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll lamented the “dying” Church. The Christian Post quoted from the Driscoll letter graphic, which reads: Four years ago, Newsweek magazine proclaimed “The Decline and Fall of Christian America.” … Christians … [Read more...]

Mad at Mark Driscoll? Blame Solomon.

According to the Bible, King Solomon, the son of David, was one of, if not the, wisest men, apart from Jesus, who ever lived. (1 Kings 4:30) He's got a few books of the Bible traditionally ascribed to him (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon), and even Jesus said he was a wise fellow. (Matthew 12:42) Which is why I found a couple of off-hand comments about him by evangelical writers Mary DeMuth and Matthew Paul Turner surprising and bit off-putting. What am I talking about? Mad at Mark? … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll, I really, really need an iPad.

The Stranger recently posted an article detailing a recent marketing strategy Mark Driscoll implemented to boost reviews of his new book, Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ. Allegedly, Driscoll was spurred on by a less-than-positive review of the book by Stephanie Drury (from Stuff Christian Cultures Like). On Driscoll's Web site this week, he announced they are giving away prizes like an iPad Mini every day in exchange for a review of the book on Amazon.Legality … [Read more...]

Music at Mars Hill: The Mars Hill Record Label and the Great Revolving Door

Music at Mars Hill is a weekly column by Luke Larsen that seeks to find God amidst the newest trends in both mainstream music and independent music.One thing that God has been teaching me recently is to get along with other well-intentioned people whose opinions differ from mine. Take Mark Driscoll, for example. I mean, honestly, the guy has said enough offensive things that I can't imagine ever having a desire to attend a Mars Hill–related church or event.But having never attended Mars Hi … [Read more...]

Is Church Discipline Cultish? A Response to the Mars Hill Drama

Mars Hill in Seattle is in the news again, but this time Mark Driscoll seems only vicariously linked to the controversy. This time, the issue at hand is apropos to all evangelical churches instead of reflecting on merely the character of Driscoll. This event has brought the concept of church discipline itself under scrutiny, and as the pastor of a church that seeks to practice accountability in a biblical way, how this shakes out can make a difference as to how our folks and our visitors view … [Read more...]

Dear Driscoll, MMA is not a Measure of Manhood — Jesus is

I am a man. I present this to you, not as a declaration that I am a "manly" man, but as a straightforward fact. It's a difficult thing to talk about, not because I feel awkward about my gender, but because that simple declaration comes with a lot of baggage. When I say "I am a man," a truckload of ideas will pop into your head as to what I mean by that, and your response will vary depending upon your experience.I want to talk just a bit here about being a man, and I hope you will patiently … [Read more...]