Driscoll Throws Jesus Under Bus

It’s hard (but entertaining) to watch addicts go down.

Yes in my opinion Driscoll’s presenting problem is not theology, ecclesiology or even the lowest hanging fruit of all… misogyny. Driscoll’s core problem is that he’s an untreated addict. His mix seems to be a cocktail of sex, religion and narcissism. He acts like a little kid who grew up poor and swore to never go back to that lifestyle (which might explain The Million Dollar Home he hopes no helicopter locates). He carries himself and talks with the swagger only a gang leader could cultivate.

His sermon this past Sunday is an example. He actually threw Jesus under the bus in an attempt to find a way to beg for mercy since his standard theology (God Hates You) has little if any mercy available. He was scrambling so much that even his normal yes men elders decided to take matters into their own hands and delete 6 minutes of his live sermon lest Driscoll be caught teaching error (note to MHC elders – that cow left the barn years ago).

Thanks to the intrawebs you can read the deleted section here. It’s not really that big of a deal. Shoot, he almost made Jesus look normal.

Why now? He’s running out of room to hide. He’s scrambling. He’s having to make up new theologies to cover his patterns. Now it’s suddenly ok to make mistakes like gaming the New York Times best seller list. That’s not sin, that’s just a kid not knowing how to hit the ball correctly – you could almost hear him saying “give me a break you guys – I’m just a little kid” – This is very similar to the bargaining phase some people go through when facing death. Maybe Driscoll is hearing his end coming and wants to hold if off as long as possible.(Reminds one of Clinton) He’s nothing if not savvy and brazen. Guys like Driscoll are masters at bargaining.

 

 

Autopsy of a Dying Church

I haven’t read this book Autopsy of a Deceased Church by Thom Rainer (yet), but this paragraph from Sethoasis was too good to overlook.

Slow erosion.

The past is the hero.

Refusal to look like the community.

No longer gospel-driven.

Preference driven.

Purposeless.

These are some of the familiar elements mentioned in the book.

Describes my church way too close to home.  Looking forward to reading it soon.

Assuming Consistency where there isn’t any

I just finished Phyllis Tickle’s book, The Age of the Spirit. As usual, Tickle combines theology and realpolitk like no one else.
It made me think that we assume nothing’s going to change – when, in reality, everything (or almost everything) is changing.
This shows the European borders and their changes in the past 800 years. You can see the type of churn that Tickle’s talking about. (I muted the music, but it’s America).

We don’t like the depth of change or its pace, but it’s life.
For you geeks, here’s a great illustration of exponential growth.

As Juan Enriquez says, “No U.S. President has died under the same flag as he was born under. Ever.”

We ignore change to our peril.