Don’t Throw Rocks – Mark Driscoll’s Humble Plea?

It’s been a busy week-or-so with Mark Driscoll news and content, but I wanted to share this video from his sermon last Sunday as a (hopefully) final entry in this saga, at least for a while. It is very likely that his sermon was referencing, at least in part, some of the controversy surrounding him and Mars Hill in recent days. Mark seemed to produce a tone of humility, and, in a different part of the sermon, even gave a very vague kind of apology.

In this segment, Driscoll drew out the phrase from James 3 that when it comes to those who teach and preach, “we all stumble.” So, don’t throw rocks:

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Earlier this week, I asked if this might be the end of Mark’s pastoral ministry. I honestly still don’t know. But I resonate with commenters who would rather see Mark repentant and reformed (no, not that kind of Reformed) than see him disappear. In other words, the critique I and others are bringing are not rocks. They are not without compassion. They are not meant to kill.

Thus, Mark’s request here is basically true. But I wonder how he is using it. Is it a defensive maneuver, or is it a sincere plea concurrent with his own sincere contrition? Has Mark reached a level of “godly sorrow” over the many rocks that he has thrown, so that he is now able to ask the same of his hearers? Or is he making a one-sided request here – i.e., “Don’t throw rocks, so that I don’t have to face any consequences for wrong actions”?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. 

One thing is at least clear to me. God loves Mark Driscoll. God loves him enough to correct him. And that correction, that critique, if listened to, would be able to bring Mark low enough to be lifted up again.

Honestly, I’m not holding my breath.

But it would truly be a good thing if his heart was humbled enough to hear the words, “Go and sin no more.”

About Zach Hoag

Zach J. Hoag is a writer and missional minister from notoriously non-religious New England. He blogs here at Patheos and HuffPost Religion. His book, Nothing but the Blood: The Gospel According to Dexter, released in 2012. Most importantly he binge-watches TV dramas and plays in the snow with his family.

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