I was distressed over some stuff Macdonald and Driscoll recently said, and many of you wrote and asked what I thought. I did write one post but then, after showing it to a few friends, thought it wasn’t right. Then John Piper used his opening remarks at his Desiring God Conference to make claims about a masculine Christianity, and I was pressed into posting his remarks — which I thought were being widely ignored and not read — but I was quite aware of what kind of response it would draw. It leads me this question and I really would like each of us to ponder our answer carefully:
Why do statements and claims made by John Piper, Mark Driscoll and Albert Mohler set off such a barrage of emotions and visceral responses and bold counter-statements, but when Tim Keller, who basically believes the same things, teaches or writes similar things there is a completely different response?