Mark Driscoll

I’ve subscribed to the Mars Hill podcasts featuring Mark Driscoll, and have been downloading his series called “Religion Saves + Nine Other Misconceptions”, which tackles 9 issues and question areas that were ascertained from polls and blog comments as being hot topics about Jesus and Christianity. These are the questions that the series addresses (with the dates when Driscoll would respond to them)

  • 01/06: #9 “There’s no doubt the Bible says children are a blessing, but the Bible doesn’t seem to address the specific topic of birth control. Is this a black and white topic, or does it fall under liberties?”
  • 01/13: #8 “Why do you make jokes about mormon missionaries, homosexuals, trenchcoats wearers, single men, vegans, emo kids and then expect these groups to come to know God in the same sermon?”
  • 01/20: #7 “Why does an all loving, all knowing, and all sovereign God will into creation people He foreknows will suffer eternal condemnation? Why does Romans 9:20 feel like a cop-out answer?”
  • 01/27: #6 “Of all the things you teach, what parts of Christianity do you still wrestle with? What’s hardest for you to believe?”
  • 02/03: #5 “How should Christian men and women go about breaking free from the bondage of sexual sin?”
  • 02/10: #4 “If salvation is by faith alone (Romans 3:28), then why are there so many verses that say or imply the opposite, namely that salvation is by works (James 2:24, Matthew 6:15 & 7:21, Galatians 5:19-21)”
  • 02/17: #3 “How does a Christian date righteously; and what are the physical, emotional, and mentally connecting boundaries a Christian must set while developing an intimate relationship prior to marriage?”
  • 02/24: #2 “What can traditional/established churches learn from “emerging” churches?”
  • 03/02: #1 “Do you believe that the Scripture not only regulates our theology but also our methodology? In other words, do you believe in the regulative principle? If so, to what degree? If not, why not?”

Having learned at Mens Convention that Driscoll would be speaking at a gathering at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in August, I wanted to hear more of his sermons in preparation of perhaps going to hear him preach.

His sermon on dating was what I listened to today whilst at work (I was working, of course). I found it very practical and engaging, with Driscoll offering sound Biblical advice that could be easily applied to any single Christian. Being in this category, I personally was challenged to consider my approach to the concept and conduct that I should have in mind. I higly recommend it for Driscoll’s unwavering devotion to the Scriptures, and will be listening to the rest of the series with keen interest.

(h/t Craig)

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  1. some of Mark Driscoll Quotations
    After church tonight you will go home and you will eat chicken, not human, because of the spread of Christianity… go to a country where there hasn’t been the spread of Christianity and they’re having human for dinner.
    It is imperative that Christians be like Jesus, by living freely within the culture as missionaries who are as faithful to the Father and His gospel as Jesus was in His own time and place.
    You have been told that God is a loving, gracious, merciful, kind, compassionate, wonderful, and good sky fairy who runs a day care in the sky and has a bucket of suckers for everyone because we’re all good people. That is a lie… God looks down and says ‘I hate you, you are my enemy, and I will crush you,’ and we say that is deserved, right and just, and then God says ‘Because of Jesus I will love you and forgive you.’ This is a miracle.
    I study the Bible all week, pray to the Lord, and then I speak from my heart. It’s all about brutal honesty.
    A pacifist has a lot of difficulty reconciling pacifism with scripture.
    ..the truths of Christianity are constant, unchanging, and meant for all people, times, and places. But the methods by which truth is articulated and practiced must be culturally appropriated, and therefore constantly translated …if doctrine is constant and practice is constantly changing, the result is living orthodoxy

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