Mark Driscoll – A Headache or Herald?Posted: February 20, 2008
I thought this was a pretty well written article on the controversy that swirls around Mark Driscoll, author of Vintage Jesus. read the full thing here. (written by Tim Challies)
For what it’s worth, here’s my take on Mark.
If you’ve been anywhere near the pulse of the evangelical church today, you’ve heard his name mentioned among the others (i.e. John Piper, R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, Tim Keller, etc). He is among the premier young theologian/preachers of our generation. He’s making a huge impact not only through his church in Seattle, but globally through his church planting network (Acts 29) & the growing popularity of his podcasts. His impact is undeniable, but what people have trouble with is his approach. He holds nothing back and preaches the gospel unashamedly, often using language that would make your mama cringe. His one-liners poking fun at the episcopalian church, lazy 20-something men, & “charis-maniacs” can make you both laugh out loud and cause you to look around to see if anyone else just heard that.
Personally, I’ve been following his ministry for about 3 years now and have been greatly encouraged and fed through his preaching and writing. And if I look at the spiritual state of my generation, I realize that if anyone’s going to reach them with the plain truth of the gospel (however it’s dressed up), Mark’s the one to do it. His unabashed approach to preaching the gospel is both refreshing and challenging. Even as Tim mentions in his article, I see the progression of Mark’s ministry from even 3 years ago and his growth in preaching the cross and not himself. He truly is a man in love with God and His word, and if you’ve spent more than a minute listening to his preaching, you’d clearly see it. God’s using Mark’s ministry, there’s no doubt about it. What I see is that there’s a younger generation of Christians that are tasting the rich legacy of reformed theology and growing in their passion for a gospel-centered life and I can’t help to think Mark didn’t have a part in it.