Are These the Last Days…of Mark Driscoll’s Pastoral Ministry?

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Are these the last days of Mark Driscoll's pastoral ministry?I'm not sure, but it's a question worth considering. (Some follow up questions: Would that be a good thing? Would it be a bad thing? How do we better handle the prospect of celebrity preachers and megachurches in general?)In addition to the plagiarism and bestseller gaming scandals, there is a rising level of strong critique coming from former pastors at Mars Hill.Here's Mars Hill's Board of Advisors statement about that … [Read more...]

What Everyone Might Be Missing About Mark Driscoll: It’s All Business

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This past week yet another scandalous story broke having to do with the ministry of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church in Seattle.This story is, frankly, somewhat derivative - last month a similar one surfaced about megachurch pastor Steven Furtick. And, it follows on Driscoll's last moment in the media rotation over questions of plagiarism. But this one could be a hell of a lot more serious than those previous blips on the evangelical media radar.Essentially, Driscoll/Mars Hill hired a … [Read more...]

Go and Learn What This Means: I Desire Honesty, Not Christianity

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I am a Christian.I love Christians.I have great hope for the Christian church.But throughout my journey one thing has repeatedly frustrated me. And that is the tendency among Christians to value the identity marker of "Christian" over basic truth and honesty.Oh sure, we've got the "truth." But that truth revolves around theological realities about how one secures salvation or lives the Christian life that must be defended and upheld no matter what, along with the institutions … [Read more...]

A Hermeneutic of Oppression, a Hermeneutic of Liberation

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It's Ash Wednesday, and last night I watched 12 Years a Slave.For some reason, that film seems a fitting way to begin the Lent season. It is painful. It is intense. It's the kind of film that is impossible to "like" - it just destroys you. And in the process, it changes you.While there are plenty of wonderfully thorough reviews of the new Best Picture winner, I just want to share one observation from the film, and then make an Ash Wednesday application.First, the observation: The … [Read more...]

Mad Dad: What the Wrath of God Cannot Be

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For the most part, Christians view the first Person of the Trinity particularly as Father.Now, I know there is pushback on that designation from progressive folks who promote an equal use of Mother or maybe a more neutral Creator or Divine Parent or Source or something along those lines. For the record, I'm really comfortable with Father primarily because, personally, I desperately desire a heavenly Father. And, biblically, Jesus used this designation almost exclusively. Finally, th … [Read more...]

What the H is Wrong with Evangelicalism?

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There have been lots of conversations recently drawing out strong evangelical statements and, in the process, revealing exactly what might be wrong with the whole darn thing.And let me say straight away, I consider myself an evangelical. I know there are some who would question that identity, but that is precisely the point. Something has gone awry in the conversation around evangelical passion, mission, and faithfulness when it begins to mirror the polarizing, culture-war conversation in … [Read more...]

Some Questions About the Gay Cake

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By now, everyone's aware of the latest culture war click-frenzy, which we can all officially dub Arizona Cakegate, regarding a bill in the Grand Canyon State that gives business owners (especially those of the wedding cake or crappy DJ variety) the overt right to deny service to gay couples.And we're all aware of the predictable response from conservative Christian culture warriors, to the tune of chalking up wins for religious freedom if the bill should survive veto (despite sensible … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage & the Slippery Slope

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Even though much has already been said on this subject, it never ceases to amaze me that the primary argument from conservative Christians against legalizing gay marriage is that it is a slippery slope leading to all kinds of other legal marriage arrangements. Like polygamous/polyamorous marriage. Or worse, pedophiliac marriage. Or even worse, bestial marriage.Yep, if the gays get married, then we're only 10 years away from some guy marrying Mr. Ed.In addition to how offensive that … [Read more...]

5 Good Reasons to (Temporarily) Leave the Church

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In my recent response to Christianity Today's take on Don Miller (and, by some degree of separation, Rob Bell and Brian McLaren), I said, Farewell.And while I intended that farewell to be somewhat ironic (playing off the famous Farewell, Rob Bell from conservative Calvinist gatekeeper John Piper) and nuanced, some commenters took it as a harsh line in the sand toward Don. They saw Don's statement about no longer attending church as a sign of transition. He is just making his way out of the p … [Read more...]

The Roman Catholic Steven Furtick?

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While this falls outside the evangelical Celebrity Christianity trend, the tendency toward abusing position and power in the church in order to serve selfish and excessive desires knows no denomination. The story of John Myers, Archbishop of Newark is heartbreaking (and infuriating). It's the kind of thing the current Pope seems intent on rooting out. And we evangelical-type Christians should be intent on the same. This does not honor Jesus. For generations, this blond brick Catholic elementary … [Read more...]


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