I am not a blogger – by evidence that I never post, so most will never read this, but I should writeÂ this just the same – it is the right thing to do. I am posting in defense of Mark Driscoll.
There is recent discussion/posting about Driscoll’s cussing, in part due to the NYTimes Magazine piece that labeled him the “cussing pastor” and dust-ups atÂ evan-fundy conferences like the Shepherds conference and some Southern Baptist stuff where Mark is on the line-up; but also in partÂ to Tony’s Book, The New Christians, about Mark’s behaviorÂ at Axxess in Arlington, TX over a decade ago.
Mark contacted me when the book came out to apologize and ask for forgiveness. I forgave him with noÂ hesitation and passed on his thoughts to the people in our community. I have accepted his apology and forgiven him and have no problem with Mark regarding the language he uses. Mark is a good man – IMHO
My problem with Mark is his theology. I think neo-calvinism is cowardly and weak! It is just cuddlingÂ upÂ with thought leaders that were brilliant/forward thinking/thought provoking theologians for their time -Â but today – not so much.
My opinion is that the failure of modern philosophical/theological assumptions caused this return to “calvinism” as people grasp to the comfort of the convolutedÂ evangelical concept of “sovereignty” that exists inÂ that circle. neo-calvinism is such a waste – classic calvinism was built on a covenant hermeneutic and, at least, held a “cultural mandate”; neo-calvinism is built on a dispensational hermeneutic and has no mandate at all. neo-calvinism is cheap, easy and good-for-nothing and it is not at all “true to scripture” as is often claimed.
let me say again: Mark “manned-up” and ask for forgiveness regarding his cussing. His neo-calvinism that is another matter.