By now, you may have seen the video by Mark Driscoll and the Acts 29 Network which deals with church planting. So much good stuff in this video (as in all of his sermons). And he rightly notes that the least likely age group to come to church are men in their 20s.
But good grief! I want to like this guy’s ministry… I want to promote his ministry to my people but just can’t … I want to even be an admirer and supporter of his hip, cool, trendy, shocking style of preaching (a switch, considering that I preach in a traditional, Southern Baptist Church in the buckle of the Bible belt).
But I just can’t.
Today marks the day I am officially off the bandwagon. I just have such difficulty sifting the beauties and majesties of the truths he preaches from God’s Word from the sophomoric jargon he uses as a vehicle to carry along his point. At first, I liked his candor — now it embarrasses me. He is a Reformed loose cannon who bends over backwards to be edgy and his message of the cross of Christ and its offensiveness to the world’s cursed worldview is buried in another type of offensiveness — his presentation.
An alternative? Tim Keller. He is informed on the culture, presents his message with clarity and heart, and most importantly, I can in good conscience give one of his messages to one of my deacons or one of my On-Mission Team members at church.
What frightens me most is that there are many who may try to style themselves after Driscoll. Be careful if you do — speaking the truth in love still applies, last I checked (Ephesians 4:15). Regardless of his motives, he comes off too much as a loose cannon to convey a passionate love for his people and his city.
What think ye?
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