Did you hear the one about the preacher who told a joke?
It must be a slow news week. Recently, I flew to the great nation of Texas to preach at a Catalyst event. I saw a rock-climbing wall, a dude break-dancing (I did not know that was still a thing, so that was good to learn), and apparently I got in trouble for making a burger out of a sacred cow.
Cue recycling material where Driscoll explains that he's just doing what's in the Bible and implicitly stating he's never made fun of people who didn't have it coming. This might be because like a comedian who hits the road without having developed new material Driscoll may be hoping people don't realize how recycled the shtick is at the moment. Luke was actually new stuff for Driscoll. Esther, too. Ephesians is stuff he preached through more than a decade ago and the theme of identity is hardly new. Wendy Alsup published a study on identity in Ephesians a few years back and Bill Clem's book is called what? Identity. Of course neither Alsup nor Clem are in ministry at Mars Hill and it's so much bigger now that who cares that Driscoll's themes on a book he preached through more than a decade ago look kinda derivative of ideas presented by other people who served in ministry at Mars Hill?
Driscoll's recycling bona fides should, by now, be considered above reproach, though. About the only new thing in the spiel is Driscoll referencing himself as a gigachurch rather than a megachurch pastor.
And let's rest assured that it's a slow news week because Driscoll joked so. There couldn't be anything going on with any ministries started by one of Driscoll's buddies now, could there? Nope. Nothing going on at all.
Well ... except ... maybe ... this thing going on with a lawsuit against Sovereign Grace Ministries (that was helmed by Driscoll's friend C. J. Mahaney) anywhere this week. Oops ... wait for it. What was this published yesterday during the so-called slow news week?
Nothing going on with the Internal Revenue Service, either.
Mark Driscoll doesn't really go on the internet except to blog about his critics and recycle his sermon points, apparently. There was a time when he'd opine on Adriana Lima but perhaps that old material is saved for later when there's a slower news week than the one Driscoll jokes we must be having now. :)