Mark Driscoll

Recent discussion here and here and got me again listening to Mark Driscoll. This afternoon I had a listen to a talk he delivered as part of the Desiring God Conference (with big guns including Don Carson, John Piper, Tim Keller and others). I was also particularly interested in how he presents Jesus as a "bloke".

Anyway here's the link and below I have pasted my notes.

Supremacy of Christ in the Post Modern World
1. We must contending for the exultation of Christ (Jude 3)

  • Scripture
  • Sovereignty of God (vs open theism)
  • Virgin Birth
  • Sinful Humanity Plagianism (vs corporate sin)
  • Penal Substitutionary Atonement (it’s the hinge)
  • Exclusivity of Christ
  • Male and female gender roles
  • Literal Hell (inc literal heaven)
  • Kingdom priority over Culture (Over vs under realized Eschatology the Corinthians vs Thessalonians)
2. We must Contextualize
  • Timeless truth
  • Timely ministry
In contextualizing there are;
  • Things you reject
  • Things we can receive (and adapt) eg. Technology
  • Thing you can redeem



The Borg said... 4/16/2007 6:02 pm  

"Mark Driscoll...with big guns"


The Borg said... 4/16/2007 10:19 pm  
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The Borg said... 4/16/2007 10:21 pm  

Seriously now...

I'm haven't finished listening to the talk, but Driscoll has said something that doesn't seem quite right:

1) Jesus is portrayed as an effeminate hippie.

2) We can't respect an effeminate hippie.

3) Therefore we can't expect men to follow Jesus and those outside the Church to respect Jesus (because of 1 and 2).

By Driscoll's argument, then, it seems we can respect Jesus if he has a more masculine "image".

But Jesus' portrayal by culture is not the basis for rejecting or accepting him! We respect (and worship and obey!) Jesus because of who He is, that he is God made flesh.

Of course I'm not pushing for a girlie-hippie Jesus, but it seems when Driscoll argues in this way, it belies that maybe he's not transcending a cultural understanding of Jesus.

mike said... 4/17/2007 9:54 am  

So you are saying he replaced one cultural stereotype with another?

Anonymous said... 4/17/2007 11:16 am  

Hi Mike,

It would be interesting to see if females percieve Jesus' "blokiness" in the same way guys do?

I mean... your comments made me think about how i percieve him... (yes im female :) ) and he doesnt seem any less "blokey" then the next guy in my opinion... i mean... he had a beard, he hung out with his mates, he was pretty brave... this could get a bit vague...

my point is he seems average "blokey" to me.

The Borg said... 4/17/2007 1:16 pm  

Sort of Mike. I'll just recon and see if that's what I meant.

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