2006 Desiring God Audio Highlights

10 10 2006

The folks over at Desiring God have done us a great service in posting many of the great audio highlights from the confernece. This resource becomes a great ‘quote bank’ for future use. I have reproduced the links below. ::enjoy::

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Email exchange between Driscoll and Piper

4 10 2006

Since many people have asked about Driscoll and even more seem to be blogging about him I just want to point you to an informative exchange between Mark Driscoll and John Piper that was just published today in response to this past weekend and the subsequent ‘lightening-blog’ that has ensued following Driscoll’s appearance at the annual conference.

Click here for the exchange.

I have been too busy here catching up to write much about the conference but let me say that what Driscoll said neither surprised nor offended me, in fact it edified and encouraged me. Next to Carson’s message I found Driscoll’s talk to be most encouraging. Mark Driscoll is not on the enemy’s team. It might be a good idea for people to remember that he is actually “for Jesus” and not against him. Anyway read the exchange and listen to the messages.





Off to MN for the DG conference

28 09 2006

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I am headed up to MN to the 2006 Desiring God conference this weekend. It should be a great trip and a great time with friends. I’m really looking forward to the preaching; Carson, Wells, & Piper all in the same weekend… awesome! I may drop a couple of updates while up there…we’ll see.

So if you are going say hello. I’ll be the 30 year old white guy in jeans with a Bible. 8-D

::erik::





Father, Son, Spirit . . . or . . . Rock, Paper, Scissors

29 08 2006

–here is an article that ran last friday by Mark Driscoll. His humor and truth telling are worth the read, particularly the last paragraph–

The One God has kindly told us who He is—Father, Son, and Spirit. But some chicks and some chickified dudes with limp wrists and minors in “womyn’s studies” are not happy because two persons of the Trinity have a dude-ish ring. So, in an effort to copy-edit God, some folks at the Presbyterian Church (USA) who have free time because no one is going to their church have decided to consider new names for God. The entire fiasco can be found at USA Today.

The gist is that a committee (yet another problem) is compiling alternative language for the Trinity. Then churches in the denomination can have the freedom to call God whatever works for them because, of course, the most important aspect of worship is that the worshipper not be forced to deal with the real God. Some of the names being considered include the following:

  • Mother, Child, Womb
  • Rock, Redeemer, Friend
  • Lover, Beloved, Love
  • Creator, Savior, Sanctifier
  • King of Glory, Prince of Peace, Spirit of Love

Never mind that the Ten Commandments start with the order not to mess with whom God has revealed Himself to be. And never mind that Jesus taught us to pray “Our Father,” because Jesus never went to college and didn’t even know what a liturgy or a committee was.

But if the committee is still taking suggestions, maybe we could call God one of the following:

  • Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • Larry, Curly, Moe
  • Beast, False Prophet, Antichrist
  • Chocolate, Peanut, Nougat
  • Judas, Herod, Pharaoh
  • Paula, Randy, Simon
  • Fastball, Curveball, Changeup
  • Momma Bear, Poppa Bear, Baby Bear

And maybe we could start calling mainline Protestant pastors who despise God’s Word something new and compile a new series of title options for them, too, such as:

  • Heretics
  • Nutjobs
  • Wingnuts
  • Tools
  • Kindling

Lastly, I am truly sorry for all the real Christians stuck in this dysfunctional family because the denomination owns their buildings. It must feel like living with an ex-wife. Our prayers to God the Father through God the Son by the power of God the Spirit are with you. One day they will see that they have been messing with the Judge, Jury, and Executioner.





How do you destroy a denomination?

23 08 2006

driscoll.jpgdriscoll.jpgMark Driscoll provides a helpful and barefaced top ten list on how to destroy a denomination.

I think #10 is my favorite…

1. Have a low view of Scripture and, consequently, the deity of Jesus.

2. Deny that we were made male and female by God, equal but with distinct roles in the home and church.

3. Ordain liberal women in the name of tolerance and diversity.

4. Have those liberal women help to ordain gay men in the name of greater tolerance and diversity.

5. Accept the worship of other religions and their gods in the name of still greater tolerance and diversity.

6. Become so tolerant that you, in effect, become intolerant of people who love Jesus and read their Bible without scoffing and snickering.

7. End up with only a handful of people who are all the same kind of intolerant liberals in the name of tolerance and diversity.

8. Watch the Holy Spirit depart from your churches and take people who love Jesus with Him.

9. Fail to repent but become more committed than ever to your sinful agenda.

10. See Jesus pull rank, judge you, and send some of your pastors to hell to be tormented by Him forever because He will no longer tolerate your diversity.

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Christianity Today highlights Calvinism

21 08 2006

sept-ct-cover.jpgIn the upcoming edition of Christianity Today (CT) the current popularity of Reformed Theology will be highlighted in an article entitled Young, Restless, Reformed.

I am definitely looking forward to reading this article (minus the corny picture of Edwards as a homeboy and a soap opera reference with caviler intimations)

Consistent with their history of highlighting what is popular in the evangelical movement CT will highlight this growing theological trend in the church.

 

Once could have seen this coming when they interviewed Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, when he said, “The two hot theologies today are Reformed and emerging.”

Reformed Theology is growing and this is a good thing. It is great to see the popularity surrounding the writings of the reformers and the puritans.

This is particularly encouraging if you look at what has happened historically with the increase in this solid, biblical or reformed theology. In a word: revival.

We of course are familiar with the great number of folks born again when Martin Luther and the reformers were used by God to herald the glory of Christ through the recovery of the doctrine of justification. But who can forget the great harvest of souls that were won through the reformed preaching and writing of Baxter, Bunyan and Owen?

Consider also in our own country when in 1729 the Westminster Confession was accepted in the colonies, and then early in the 1730’s God uses the preaching of Jonathan Edwards to unsettle callous hearts with the gospel. In 1740 George Whitfield arrives in the colonies to stoke the flames kindled by Edwards. Then also early in the 1800’s the Second Great Awakening begins with a great outpouring of the Spirit of God upon those who are preaching, specifically preaching the doctrines of grace. We also see Princeton Seminary open in 1812 to accommodate and accelerate this revival of preaching.

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Confessions of a Reformissional Rev (Mark Driscoll)

10 07 2006

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This book had the interesting effect of making me laugh, wince, and take notes, sometimes all on the same page! At the end of the day, I could not put the book down. I was captivated by a transparent pastor’s heart who struggled day after day to put Jesus before his city in effort to see many converted.

The book chronicles the life of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington where Mark Driscoll has been the Senior Pastor since its inception. Driscoll takes readers through the various stages of growth from a small broken down Bible study with “Indie Rockers” and “artsy” folks to a thriving megachurch of over 4,000 impacting one of the most unchurched regions in the US.

In his narrative Driscoll explains, from first hand experience, some of the gestational development of the now prominent Emergent Church. Driscoll himself was involved, and in fact a leader in, a movement in the mid-90’s to mobilize missionaries to their culture, impacting them with the gospel of Christ. As this movement expanded and gained traction Driscoll had to separate himself from it:

“I had to distance myself, however, from one of the many streams in the emerging church because of the theological differences. Since the late 1990’s this stream has become known as Emergent. The Emergent Church is part of the Emerging Church Movement but does not embrace the dominant ideology of the movement. Rather the emergent church is the latest version of liberalism. The only difference is that the old liberalism accommodated modernity and the new liberalism accommodates postmodernity.” (p. 21)

So here Driscoll is distinquishing between Emerging and Emergent…himself clinging to the prevailing positives of the Emerging movement (missional, theological, active) while distancing himself from the atheolgoical wing of the movement (Emergent).

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