Good Stuff

I’m listening to a lot of speaking from Mark Driscoll. He’s the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. I read some of his writing in a compilation from Relevant Books, creatively called The Relevant Church… A good read but Driscoll’s essay was the only one that really caught me. He laid out the true nature of a “postmodern” or equally cliche, “emerging” church. I use quotes because it’s gotten too trendy within the modern generation of church leaders. If you throw around the right phrases and words you show yourself to be cutting edge and beyond the understanding of mere mortal pastors. I heard a tech guy talking about this last week within the computer world. You toss out these acronyms and phrases to show you’re on the inside whilst making those on the outside feel like ding dongs. Anyway, obviously I’ve hit my own nerve on this issue. Going back, I say he hit the real issue, because he laid out a truly biblical basis for a modern, missional, relevant church. No pomo mumbo-jumbo. I told my wife as soon as I read it that he got it. It was foundational, more importantly it was biblical. That seems so simple, but my HUGE issue with a lot of the emerging church movement is it’s tendency to lose sight of Scripture in search of psuedo-spirituality, that often leaves the fundamental truths of our sin and the absolute necessity of Jesus’ death on the cross as a sort-off optional thing. Driscoll doesn’t do that. I began getting the podcast of his sermons. His church is reaching my demographic. It’s one of the fastest growing in the country and you know what he does? Gets deep, talks theology, talks scripture and people are coming to Jesus. Good stuff. That’s the model. I knew it was, I was never convinced of all that postmodern Christianity was trying to be, and Driscoll clarified my thoughts, he’s doing what I’ve been thinking, but could never quite get my brain around. It was kind of what we were moving towards at my previous youth group. Going beyond the seeker model and digging into God, but Driscoll has taken it to the next level. He’s taken hold of where God wants His church to go. At least in my opinion. Go to his web site or get on iTunes and subscribe to his podcast. Good stuff…

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3 thoughts on “Good Stuff

  1. Call Me Ishmael says:

    I have at times felt somewhat left in the dust by all the emerging trendiness to which you refer. I’ve tried to work through those issues at http://thatisnotmyblog.blogspot.com. I’m making slow progress.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I totally dig his preaching and attend MH. Pastor Mark just launched a new website http://www.theresurgence.com.

  3. Ben says:

    I heard about his new site from his most recent sermon starting into 1 Corinthians, just went and checked it out. I’m excited to see what all it will offer. Thanks for reading!

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