Thursday, March 31, 2016

From Mark Driscoll's A Call to Resurgence: "When a guy shrinks his church, leaves his church, and is no longer participating in any church, the last thing we should consider him is an expert on anything related to the church."

Fellow music nerds, this is where you cue up the sludgy guitars playing riffs in the Phrygian mode!  Astonishingly this video is still up (as Bane would say, "For now").

1:35ish The average person doesn't do anything until they're really ticked off. You gotta get to a certain point where you're just frustrated, you're annoyed by it, it's gotten under your skin, you're a little sick of it, you can't do it anymore and something needs to change and then all of a sudden you move to action. That's the point of the book.

We're on our way to a church that was part of Christendom's civil religion. It was all about good works and not very much about good news . That church died and in God's grace we obtained it just a few years ago, and I want you to see tonight what happens after the funeral. There is, in fact, a future as where people who were not worshipping Jesus, tons of young people are meeting Him, and you're gonna meet some of them tonight.    
That slow-motion shot of Driscoll walking up to the campus (if you watched the video) ... was which campus?

The former U-District campus, which Cross and Crown recently bought from Mars Hill, a deal sealed earlier this month.

So, there's still a church there with connections to Mars Hill.  But there's an irony at work here in that the campus was the site in a promotional video for ...

A Call to Resurgence
Resurgence (November 5, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1414383622
ISBN-13: 978-1414383620

This used to be connected to Tyndale.
Copyright (c) 2013 by On Mission, LLC and Mark Driscoll.
Published in association with Yates & Yates, LLP
ISBN 978-1-4143-8362-0
ISBN 978-1-4143-8948-6

What's the irony, you ask?

A Call to Resurgence, page 192
Sure, Driscoll managed to lead in a way that ultimately shrunk Mars Hill; then he left Mars Hill; then Mars Hill announced formal dissolution and just a few weeks ago the corporation formerly known as Mars Hill Church died ... but Driscoll's still considered some kind of authority on things related to the church? 
After all, he was talking with Perry Noble at a conference not so long ago.
There's something else ... ten years ago Mark Driscoll published a book in which it kind of seemed like he was almost celebrating the demise of what has been called Christendom.  It meant a decline of merely nominalist Christianity and could be a sign that only those who were really committed would stay the course.  Did anybody read ...

Confessions of a Reformission Rev
Mark Driscoll, Zondervan 2006
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-27016-4
Because it seemed ten years ago Mark Driscoll was talking about how Christendom was dead and that meant there was room for the Emerging church movement to grow.
By the time of A Call to Resurgence Driscoll's tune had changed slightly.
A Call to Resurgence
page 12

Due to the ongoing existence of American civil religion, many evangelicals are oblivious to the fact that Christendom is dead and real Christianity is in serious decline. Those in the United States may have a general sense that Christianity is struggling in Europe, but many remain fairly optimistic about our "one nation under God." As long as we see Christmas trees on government property, as long as The Bible miniseries gets good ratings, and as long as we hear public figures talk about "faith", many believers naively assume that real Christianity is alive and well and respected by the majority of our people.

Brace yourself. It's an illusion.
Because absolutely nobody prior to 2013, not even Mark Driscoll himself, ever suggested that whatever Christendom might have been, was in decline? 
And here we are in 2016 and there is no Mars Hill Church.  Ten years ago the close of Confessions featured talk of how Mars Hill was reloading the squirt gun and was gonna charge the gates of Hell.
A Call to Resurgence, promoted to the soundtrack of sludgy Phrygian guitar riffs in a video where Mark Driscoll talked about Mars Hill amidst saying there WAS a future after the funeral ... well, where's Mars Hill?
That was just a couple of days before the one year anniversary of the publication of A Call to Resurgence.
If Perry Noble took Mark Driscoll's own axioms to be truly be axiomatic ... .


Steve said...

It's sad how often Mark doesn't follow his own, good, biblical advice. This is an especially poignant example. Another would be Mark's sermons about true repentance, which he hasn't followed in terms of being specific or going directly to the people involved. Yet another would be being under church authority, which he loved to lord over those he disagreed with, yet ran away from ("a trap"!!!) when it was applied to him.

Mike W said...

"Yet another would be being under church authority, which he loved to lord over those he disagreed with, yet ran away from ("a trap"!!!) when it was applied to him."

Mark Driscoll is, however, the consummate expert on churches that become traps for people.