Saturday, January 10, 2009

NYT: On Driscoll and the new Calvinists...

Interesting article by Molly Worthen in the New York Times: "Who Would Jesus Smack Down? Mark Driscoll a pastor with a Macho Conception of Jesus"
"On that Sunday, Driscoll preached for an hour and 10 minutes — nearly three times longer than most pastors. As hip as he looks, his message brooks no compromise with Seattle’s permissive culture. New members can keep their taste in music, their retro T-shirts and their intimidating facial hair, but they had better abandon their feminism, premarital sex and any “modern” interpretations of the Bible. Driscoll is adamantly not the “weepy worship dude” he associates with liberal and mainstream evangelical churches, “singing prom songs to a Jesus who is presented as a wuss who took a beating and spent a lot of time putting product in his long hair.” The oldest of five, son of a union drywaller, Driscoll was raised Roman Catholic in a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Seattle. In high school, he met a pretty blond pastor’s daughter named — providentially — Grace. She gave him his first Bible. He read voraciously and was born again at 19. “God talked to me,” Driscoll says. “He told me to marry Grace, preach the Bible, to plant churches and train men.”"
Whatever you make of Mark Driscoll it's an interesting article.


  1. Mmmmmm. I thought the conclusion at the end was incredibly weak - unrelated tot the rest of the article. Glad I'm now cool for being a Calvinist though!

  2. Calvinism is always cool, even if no-one else thinks so.