Mark Driscoll’s “working class” bloody Old Testament Jesus

I'm not a pacifist or a pansy (other than the fact that I'm not very good at sports, I don't own a gun, and I don't see much value in  gratuitous displays of macho-ness). So I don't feel attacked by Mark Driscoll's recent assertion that Jesus is not a pacifist pansy. I really have tried to avoid writing anything about Pastor Mark for a long time since I didn't like the fact that his name was getting almost as big as Jesus in my tag cloud. But one of the paragraphs in his latest infamous blog … [Read more...]

Should women cover their heads in church?

The latest movement in neo-patriarchal evangelicaldom is a call for women to return to covering their heads in worship per the instructions of Paul in 1 Corinthians 11. The movement's website features a quote from neo-Calvinist scholar R.C. Sproul: "The wearing of fabric head coverings in worship was universally the practice of Christian women until the twentieth century. What happened? Did we suddenly find some biblical truth to which the saints for thousands of years were blind? Or were our … [Read more...]

Privilege and Biblical interpretation

This is a post where I'm raising a question that I flat-out don't know the answer to. I watched a conversation yesterday between Derek Rishmawy who represents what I call the "Calvinist you can talk to" perspective and Stephanie Drury who is a "post-evangelical feminist." Derek had written a post about the importance of not dissing King Solomon and the sacredness of scripture just because Mark Driscoll has misused Solomon's words in Proverbs and the Song of Songs. Stephanie's response was that … [Read more...]

My wife is not a rotisserie chicken or a leaky faucet

Complementarian megachurch pastors are like pitchers who only throw 40 mile an hour change-ups. It feels cheap and dirty to swing at their pitches, but I'm genuinely bothered by what I've been hearing lately from that strange foreign land where Christians believe that wives are supposed to submit to their husbands. First I learned that it's trendy for pastors in that world to tweet out photos and commentary to their congregations about their "smoking hot wives." And then Mark Driscoll busts out … [Read more...]

Methodism's secret crush on Mark Driscoll

There's something attractive about Mark Driscoll to Methodists in a Clint Eastwood (pre-chair-incident) kind of way. We often see our denomination's attendance decline as punishment for our unwillingness to "stand up for the truth," "call sin a sin," use words like hell and Satan and wrath in our sermons, etc. We're surrounded by independent evangelical megachurches whose preachers have booming baritone voices that tell it like it is, which is why they're growing faster than any tower Babel ever … [Read more...]

Four Cringe-worthy Claims of Popular Penal Substitution Theology

I've often wondered if the same thing that makes violent video games appealing is why young evangelical guys are so infatuated with penal substitution theology. I figure a scary bad- !@#$%^&* God is cool for the same reason that the loud wet smack of a linebacker knocking the wind out of a quarterback is cool (I was that linebacker once). … [Read more...]

Pastor Cheri

I've decided to take a risk and share truthfully about a phase in my Christian life that I have been afraid to talk about. There's been a lot of debate in the evangelical blogosphere about the appropriateness of female pastors. Mark Driscoll suggested that British evangelicals are failing because they have female pastors. More recently, Rachel Held Evans asked for Christian men to share their thoughts on John Piper's assertion that "God has given a Christianity a masculine feel." I've got … [Read more...]

Is Mark Driscoll closer to John Wesley than we are?

The latest blogosphere controversy involving Mark Driscoll concerns the church discipline practices at his church Mars Hill. Matthew Paul Turner shared on his blog this week the story of a young man named "Andrew" who confessed to a sexual impropriety and was asked to sign a discipline contract as part of his penance. When Andrew refused to sign the contract and opted to leave the church instead, his sin was disclosed on an intra-church website with the instructions that Mars Hill members were … [Read more...]

Selling sex in the Christian bookstore

All of a sudden, sex is everywhere in the Christian blogosphere. Seattle megachurch pastor Judah Smith is starting a sermon series called "Jesus is bringing sexy back." This Friday, Texas megachurch pastor Ed Young is going to lie in bed with his wife on the roof of their church as a 24 hour "sexperiment" (hopefully without doing anything that will get them hypothermia) in order to promote their book Sexperiment which challenges Christian spouses to have sex 7 days in a row as a way to … [Read more...]

Alpha Male vs. Man of God

What is the difference between an alpha male and a man of God? I'm finding myself wrestling with this question as I contemplate the following passage from Mark Driscoll's new book Real Marriage. In choosing a church, it must be a church that the husband wants to attend. Too often the wife is the one choosing the church because it meets her emotional needs and the children's programming needs... A man chooses a church not so much because of style or programming but rather because he admires the … [Read more...]


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