How [Not] to Speak of Mark Driscoll

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But if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but to some extent - not to exaggerate it - to all of you. This punishment by the majority is enough for such a person; so now instead you should forgive and console him, so that he may not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. - 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 This week, Mars Hill Church released a video of Mark Driscoll getting real about the current "season" of the church.As one friend remarked, Driscoll appears weathered.Specifically, … [Read more...]

Beautiful Simplicity or Beguiling Sophistication?

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But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. - 2 Cor. 11:3, KJV Navigating the waters of being a "progressive" Christian can be treacherous business.I put "progressive" in scare quotes because it's darn near impossible to pin down a definition for that adjective, and there is certainly quite a spectrum of Christian practice that claims the title. As I mentioned in my first new post … [Read more...]

Pastor Tullian & The Myth of the “Watching World”

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Whenever there is a church controversy these days, especially if it involves online conflict (and it always does), there will inevitably be a person or persons who pipe up about midway through claiming to be the voice of holy reason.¬†They will say something to the effect of, "Come on guys. We may disagree but we are brothers in Christ [typically no mention of sisters]. Jesus said the world would know us by our love, not by our right theology. All this fighting is hurting the cause! Let's not … [Read more...]

The REAL Threat to Unity

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As the conversation around World Vision's decision to hire married gay folks has unfolded (or perhaps, unraveled), it didn't take long for certain voices to issue warnings about division and disunity in the church.Sometimes those warnings are justified and helpful, coming from the position of desiring all sides to be fully heard before any judgments are rendered, and to seek to stay together even amidst disagreement.And sometimes they come from a particular side, and, particularly, the … [Read more...]

Stop Calling Your Critics “Haters”

It's a Christian culture internet phenomenon that has reached viral status many times over, especially among well-known Christian leaders.Calling your critics "haters."It's the perfect deflection for any and all critique, really. If you are a famous Christian leader, what better way to demonize your detractors than to accuse them of hate - especially in the popular sense of hating on your success because, you know, they're just JEALOUS. Steven Furtick famously minted this phenomenon in the … [Read more...]

Prophetic Recoil & the Need for Boldness

I have this tendency, and maybe you do too.It's the tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice or an area of dishonesty or hypocrisy that is causing others real harm or pain. It's the tendency to act on a conviction - not out of unrighteous anger, but out of urgent passion - and write that post or respond to that tweet or preach that message or interrupt that conversation where almost everyone seems to be agreeing about all the wrong things. It's the … [Read more...]


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