March 27, 2006

The Power of Apology

A few months ago, I posted a link to the articles of Brian McLaren and the response by Mark Driscoll. Here is the page. It was rather obvious to me who, though they may not have had the right opinion, certainly had the right tone and response.

I am sure Mark Driscoll took a great deal of flack, not so much for his stance, as much as for the tone of his response. I, for one, would like to have seen an intelligent, well-thought out response to the issue. Instead, Mark spoke out of anger.

I guess if the measure of Brian McLaren was his gentleness of response, it would be of equal measure to value Mark Driscoll by his apology: Apology | Resurgence

It takes a great deal of humility to admit failure in an area.

Mark says, "A godly friend once asked me an important question: “What do you want to be known for?” I responded that solid theology and effective church planting were the things that I cared most about and wanted to be known for. He kindly said that my reputation was growing as a guy with good theology, a bad temper, and a foul mouth. This is not what I want to be known for. And after listening to the concerns of the board members of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network that I lead, and of some of the elders and deacons at Mars Hill Church that I pastor, I have come to see that my comments were sinful and in poor taste. Therefore, I am publicly asking for forgiveness from both Brian and Doug because I was wrong for attacking them personally and I was wrong for the way in which I confronted positions with which I still disagree. I also ask forgiveness from those who were justifiably offended at the way I chose to address the disagreement. I pray that you will accept this posting as a genuine act of repentance for my sin."

Thanks Mark for leading the way in demonstrating how to apologize after a very public failure.

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