Notice a gap through nearly the entirety of 2007 in the sermon archive? That'd be the removal of the entirety of the sermons from the Nehemiah series and the Phillipians (The Rebel's Guide to Joy) series.
There's Redeeming Ruth (Jan to Feb 2007)
There's Religion Saves (Jan to March 2008)
But pretty much nothing in between.
What's the incentive to yank nearly an entire year's worth of sermons? You'd think that if this were about scrubbing away everything that might conceivably be incriminating about Mark Driscoll or Mars Hill Church that Redeeming Ruth would come down, too, since that's where Mark Driscoll explained how Grace Driscoll immediately responded to his question about which person in the book of Ruth he was most like was "Oh, you're Elimelech."
January 7, 2007
Part 1: God's Hand in Our Suffering
Let me wrap all of this up. As your pastor, who loves you very much – I say that sincerely – would you be as honest as Naomi today, and would you acknowledge that your life and mine are like Naomi and Ruth’s stories in which the providential hand of God is at work, in which he calls us to be honest and to run to him and one another as God’s people, to work out those parts of our life that we consider afflictions, but not yet have received them as sanctified? And would you identify yourself with someone in the story – who are you? How many of you, you’re Elimelech-ish? You’re Elimelech-ish. Elimelech is the guy – Everything falls apart. It looks dark. It looks bad. He takes a poll. He makes a plan. He decides Moab has a lower cost of living. Moab has more vocational opportunity. Moab has food on the table – I will make a plan. I will be the sovereign. I will take care of everything. Trust me, I know what I’m doing. He leads well. He plans well. He tries to be the sovereign. Everybody dies anyways.
I am Elimelech. I asked my wife, “Which one am I?” Oh, my wife – she didn’t even breathe. Didn’t even take a breath. “Oh, you’re Elimelech.” And his name means what? My God is King! That was me. If you ask me, Jesus, sovereign, Lord, King, God, and if I ever need ‘em, I’ll call, but I don’t think I do ‘cause I got this all taken care of. Elimelech-ish.
Will pulling down the entirety of the Nehemiah and Phillipians sermons from 2007 accomplish anything at all?
Well, for those curious about what Wenatchee The Hatchet has published in the past that references the now-removed Phillipians series ...