Friday, January 10, 2014

Get ready for Jesus' bold little brother

Now, granted, depending on what your view of Mary's virginity was before and after the birth of Jesus the sermon series might be titled "Jesus bold older brother" since it's not unheard of in Christian traditions that Joseph was an older man with children from an earlier marriage.  Not that we're going to follow that rabbit trail here.

Seeing as the Malachi series about living for a legacy has wrapped up, there's a new series on the way. And there's a study guide you can buy at The Resurgence store now over here:

http://store.theresurgence.com/collections/books/products/james-study-guide

It's possible that when Mark Driscoll announced he was taking on editorial tasks at The Resurgence he could have been referring to editing this above-mentioned study guide to make sure all the citations and attributions are correct.  You can go pre-order the book now or maybe opt to buy a copy at one of the church locations.  This might be a sold-only version rather than a study guide being given away like the old one from the 1 & 2 Peter series initially was until it started getting sold to recoup printing expenses. 

The end of the Malachi series may be a suitable time to consider the tagline for the sermons, living for a legacy.  For the Esther series the tagline was God's perfect plan being worked out through imperfect people.  These taglines strongly suggest a guiding hand of marketing. :)  In 2012 featuring Esther in a sermon series and emphasizing the perfection of God's work in imperfect people could become a meta-theme, a meta-narrative in which an ostensibly expository sermon series became a set of topical riffs from Driscoll that ultimately played the role of building a massive narrative about the history of Mars Hill Church.  It wouldn't have been the first time Mark Driscoll did that with narrative literature or Old Testament literature.  Observe the Nehemiah series, if you dare. 

Malachi's appended motif of living for a legacy would ostensibly be all about Jesus and for Jesus' fame but functionally which legacy is a person being invited to live for?  Mars Hill Church, of course.  And by extension a lasting legacy seems to be an interest Mark Driscoll has had for a while now. But precisely what it entails at the level of lived lives or ubi numbers and associated entities may remain to be seen.

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