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  • Posted October 26, 2009

    Touches all the Bases

    In Jim Belcher's Deep Church, he offers a threefold classification of emergent
    pastors. There are the Relevants, the Revisionists, and the Reconstructionists.
    In the first group Belcher locates Mark Driscoll. It is probably unfair to locate
    Driscoll within any of the emergent groups. His doctrinal positions are quite
    conservative and his soteriology is quite Calvinistic. This book on ecclesiology
    bears this out quite clearly. It is not until the last two chapters that anyone would
    think that they were reading anything other than a traditional evangelical book on
    ecclesiology. It is there that Driscoll attempts to engage the culture - an effort that
    causes Belcher to class him as a "Relevant."
    What makes Driscoll controversial is his "style." He is hip and cool "in you face" in his
    pulpit rhetoric. His saucy language has been tempered in recent years because
    of the severe criticism he has received as being called "the cussing pastor."
    His now infamous series on the Song of Solomon stretches and breaks through
    the bounds of pulpit propriety. Nothing of those controversies are revealed
    in this book. As a matter of fact, I read this book looking to find faults, but
    was surprised to find it quite traditional in almost every detail!

    During the recent controversy in my circles over Driscoll's sex sermons, I thought
    about a book written 30 years ago titled, "Billy Graham: The Pastor's Dilemma."
    I wonder if Driscoll might be the dilemma facing young pastors today. Will I try
    to emulate Mark Driscoll or John Macarthur or John Piper or ...?

    I am 62 years old. I have crossed my Rubicon long ago and will find
    it pretty hard to change at this point. Seminarians and young pastors
    will be making choices as to what ministry models they will follow. They will be
    surprised if they read this book and find that Driscoll is not the radical
    they expected to encounter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    Great Read.

    Informative and honest.

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