Rachel Held Evans -Changing the Culture that Enabled Mark Driscoll: 6 Ways Forward

Rachel Held Evans – blog.

Rachel offers some suggestions on way forward after Mark Driscoll’s disgrace.
There are a few lessons to be learned, so that such disgrace does not multiply and repeat itself.

Inside Mark Driscoll’s Disturbed Mind

Inside Mark Driscoll’s disturbed mind.

I have written a number of times about the troubled personality of Mark Driscoll, this playboy of the neo-reformed ‘sect’.

Here we go again, with help from Rachel; new revelations and further proof that this guy really needs to see a psychiatrist.

What to Call the So-Called New Calvinists?

What to Call the So-Called New Calvinists?.

An important discussion for those interested in the s0-called (not so) ‘young and restless’ of the Piper and the Driscoll kind.

The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll’s ‘Citation Errors’ | Christianity Today

The Real Problem with Mark Driscoll’s ‘Citation Errors’ | Christianity Today.

I disagree with Andy Crouch that plagiarism is not a problem in this scandal. I believe it is. As much as it is what Crouch points out in this article.

Something is really sick in American evangelicalism, with its propensity for creating idols of mere mortals. Which is only ,made worse by the overinflated egos of the beneficiaries of these personality cults.

The Myth of Biblical Manhood – A Parable

After a long correspondence, Mark Driscoll, John Piper, Doug Phillips, and John Eldredge decide to meet at a bar to discuss whose view about Biblical Manhood is most biblical.

At Driscoll’s urging, they gather at the Red Herring Pub in Seattle to knock back a few adult beverages. Fog settles outside. The four men sit at a booth near the entrance, Piper and Phillips on the right, Driscoll and Eldredge to the left.

The bartender comes over.

“I’ll take a Rum and Coke,” says Piper, remembering his days as an Army Ranger.

“Hot buttered rum for me,” says Phillips. It seems a manly Colonial drink.

“Give me a Margarita,” Eldredge says, kicking off his sandals. He wears a loud Hawaiian shirt, untucked.

Driscoll looks askance at Eldredge. “Just give me a Bud,” he says. Then he thinks better of it. “Actually, give me two.” Continue reading “The Myth of Biblical Manhood – A Parable”

“Burn it all down” isn’t Christian: A Response to Mark Driscoll

“Burn it all down” isn’t Christian: A Response to Mark Driscoll.

Indeed, it is not.

Watch soon for a World Vision position paper on care for creation that I will publish here.

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Christian Piatt – I Hate Loving Mark Driscoll

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Christian Piatt vs, Mark Driscoll

Rev. Mark Driscoll, founder of Mars Hill church, has a true gift. Just when I think I’m making at least a modicum of progress toward tolerance – if not actual Christlike love – toward the guy, inevitably he does something to make me despise him all over again.

On the Monday, before President Obama’s inauguration ceremony, Driscoll sent out the following message to his more than 300,000 Twitter followers:

Praying for our president, who today will place his hand on a Bible he does not believe to take an oath to a God he likely does not know.

As of Thursday morning, the tweet has received more than 3,400 retweets and nearly 1,350 favorites. Driscoll’s next tweet was about an iPad Mini giveaway.

I have so many points of struggle with this, it’s hard to know where to start. On a more superficial level, he taps into one of my biggest pet peeves (as pointed out in one of my “Christian Cliche” articles) by saying he’s praying for someone, and then following that with a double-barreled insult. It seems that, when people say they’re praying for someone in this context, it’s effectively saying the person is wrong and they’re asking God to make them different. This smacks of inauthenticity, condescension and contempt. You’re not praying for him; you’re praying at him. Continue reading “Christian Piatt – I Hate Loving Mark Driscoll”

Hipersexualizarea evanghelismului american

Sunt sigur ca cei mai multi evanghelici romani n u au auzit de Mark Driscoll sau de Ed Young. Si, sincer sa fiu, n-au pierdut foarte mult. Sunt sigur insa ca multi dintre ei sunt familiari cu cartile despre casatorie si mai ales cu aspectele sexuale ale vietii de familie traduse la noi dupa 1989.

Eu nu sunt dintre cei care considera sexualitatea un subiect tabu. Este evident insa, uitindu-ma la aceste carti, ca exista o obsesie psihanalizabila cu sexualitatatea in evanghelismul american (asa cum un fost prieten al meu, mare promotor – absolut interesat – al conservatorismului fatarnic, este cunoscut pentru predilectia lui pentru glumele cu tenta sexuala, un soi de masturbare verbala, in opinia mea. Continue reading “Hipersexualizarea evanghelismului american”

You Will Never Guess Who Is Really Responsible For The Softening of Males In The Church | Red | Uber | Mark Sayers

You Will Never Guess Who Is Really Responsible For The Softening of Males In The Church | Red | Uber | Mark Sayers.

There is a far cry in today’s evangelicalism about what is called the ‘feminisation’ of the church.

Some of those concerned are trying their macho gimmicks: Mark Driscoll makes a fool of himself, and the gospel, with his distasteful exhibation of masculine sexuality, while others are betting on sports and body building, all of it, as we well know from the Bible, powerful way of building strong men of God. 😦

And, of course, for many of those fundamentalistically inclined, the real cause for this undeniable reality is feminism. Exactly how did feminism produce this effect is not told, bet everybody knows (supposedly) that feminism is bad, so it must be it.

Maybe not, argues Mark Sayers in this blog post.

If you find this interesting, maybe you should read it.

Emergentii ii sperie pe baptistii din sud

Una dintre inclinatiile funciare si irezistibile ale fundamentalistilor este aceea de cauta cu asiduitate dusmani cu care sa se lupte. Si, vorba Scripturii, ‘cine cauta, gaseste’. Iar atunci cind ii gaseste, orice fel de arme si de stratageme sunt permise in confruntarea care urmeaza. Caci, nu-i asa, fara razboi nu se poate. Si, vorba lui Machiavelli, ‘scopul scuza mijloacele’.

Continue reading “Emergentii ii sperie pe baptistii din sud”

Crestinism hipermuscular

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Mark Driscoll                                              Justin Fatica

Newsletter-ul săptămânal Sightings, editat sub autoritatea cunoscutului sociolog creştin Martin Marty de la University of Chicago Divinity School, tratează de această dată, sub “pana” (aş fi spus “tastatură”, dar este lipsit de poezie) lui Joseph Laycock, student la Boston University, un text în care analizează două încercări de emancipare a creştinismului american de sub efeminarea care-l domină în ultimele decenii.

Cei doi protagonişti sunt cunoscutul (şi controversatul) pastor evanghelic de la Mars Hill Church din Seattle, Wa, Mark Driscoll, şi Justin Fatica, un lider laic catolic, fundator al organizaţiei Hard as Nails.

Continue reading “Crestinism hipermuscular”