September 19, 2006

Mark Driscoll

It is incredibly tough being the pastor/leader of a church. In our world of media/blogger/sound-bite driven information, words and thoughts are easily twisted. There are many careless words that get tossed around the Internet; especially in light of the instantaneous access to publishing that blogging gives. Many of us would do well to shut up and listen, to meditate and to think on things for a long time before we put them on our blogs and pontificate our opinion.

Mark Driscoll, while I know I have theological differences with him, is a man called of God to a very difficult situation. He was twenty-five when he began the church. He is still only thirty-five. And we are all in a constant state of growth. While I disagree with some of his theological views, I can understand the pain and the humility it takes to write something like this: It's Always Something at Mars Hill Church.

Despite all the naysayers and critics, as a leader you have to run with the vision you feel God has given you. As long as you are genuinely seeking the face of God, the leader has to "ignore" the criticism and complaints of many people. Being a leader is equivalent to placing a target on your back. With the proliferation of blogging, the darts become easier to throw.

Despite my theological differences with Mark, I plan to pray for him and his church. I also know that I should be more careful.


  1. But Driscoll does bring some of this onto himself. I posted "The Spiritual June Cleaver" on The CBE Scroll, and there was a response from a woman who attends Mars Hill. She says that he calls feminists (Christian feminists included) whores, butch, and demonic. She says his extreme complementarism is one of the biggest determents to the church. Yes, we should pray for him, but he also needs to be held accountable for his unbibilical views and for the horrible way he treats fellow Christians who do not agree with him. The really sad part is this happened in a secular publication and I have not seen one Christian (particularly evangelical) publication call him out. May be if we did a better job of holding him accountable, then a secular writer wouldn't have to.

  2. But where does it all end?

    If we are are not careful, though, we become him only from the other side of the theological spectrum. He calls everyone else heretical, they call him heretical. Once we stoop to his level, we become him!

    I think one of the best examples of how to handle him came from Brian McLaren in the exchange they had on Out of Ur. Mark ranted and raved, Brian responded with Christlike love and humility. There were those who applauded Mark, but you had to be blind to not see the Christlike spirit of Brian.

    I think that is all I am saying. If we rant against him, we have become him. If we are not careful we become prideful because of our "superior theological stance."

  3. Oh no--I didn't mean rant back. I was actually thinking of what Brian did--responding in Christlike love. So we're thinking the same thing. I would just like to see it in a more mainstream place other than the comments on Out of Ur.