Banned Video

Mark Driscoll shot an 8-minute video to be used at a conference in Florida. It was shown and well-received among the audience. But it was not distributed, although the Acts 29 fellows brought several copies to hand out (per an agreement that was made with the leadership at the conference). I think you would benefit from watching this video. Some of the things Driscoll says are raw, but I like the way he puts contemporary garb on the message so that it might be understood. He mixes satire and sarcasm to get his point across. Enough said, just go to the link and let me know what you think. I will admit, the graveyard setting seems a little hokey to me.

My favorite line in the video is with about a minute ten seconds left. He says our culture thinks Jesus is “a marginalized Galilean peasant hippie in a dress rocking out to the Spice Girls driving around the Middle East in a Cabriolet hoping to meet nice people to do aroma-therapy with while drinking herbal tea.”
What he says about the guys who are our age is spot on. I see it all the time at work and see the need to get in their faces a little to confront them with genuine life.

Banned Video

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  1. Hey Matt,

    Interesting hearing Driscoll’s video, especially in light of my thoughts about becoming a Catholic priest. I liked what he had to say, but I’m not sure what to make of some of his other commentary on theresurgence.com. He really gets a kick out of poking fun at liberal Christianity, and while I’m on the conservative side (as much as I hate those labels, I guess there’s a reason they exist), I don’t see what good is accomplished in making fun of other Christians or referring to conservatives as the “real Christians.” Isn’t it God’s responsibility to judge us? While we shouldn’t tolerate liberalism, we shouldn’t presume to know how God will judge them either.

    Still, it’s interesting to hear what goes on next door to my workplace, at the PC(USA) headquarters🙂 Alternative names for the Trinity… makes me feel like my job is actually productive.

    Anyway, I do have two questions about the video. Driscoll says that the most important variable in a successful church plant is “the man,” being the head pastor, because he needs to be a good, high-quality leader. My question is, where is Christ in that picture? Aren’t church communities supposed to be centered around Christ, rather than their pastor?

    My second question is, what was that he said about having sex with your wife “at least once a day?” Was he being sarcastic?

    Thanks!
    Jason

  2. Jason – catholic priest? for real?

    Matt – thanks for the post. i’d not seen the video before this.

  3. 1. Driscoll is operating with the presupposition that Christ will be the cornerstone of the Church. So he doesn’t feel the need to mention it. It is highly evident in his preaching and teaching. It is like people who insist on mentioning prayer as the first thing you need to do for x. We know we need to pray. And so Driscoll is talking primarily to a group of church planters and churches who desire to plant churches. This is why he is going right to the pragmetic side of things. He is assuming a lot b/c he had 8 minutes for the video.

    2. He was definitely saying it tongue in cheek. Men definitely want to haev sex with their wives. It is a good and natural and beautiful thing. He was saying it humorously, but saying out loud what men think, but don’t say.

    Question for you: How does one go about planting a church in the RCC?

  4. That’s makes sense. The reason I asked, though, is because I notice how churches like Sojourn tend to revolve around the head pastor and his personality. Of course, I think God is using those gifts to draw people to a pastor who will in turn point them to Christ, which is pretty similar to how Catholics view Mary (someone who models the Christian life and draws us closer to Jesus). I suppose what I see is that Catholics have the sacraments, and especially the Eucharist, around which the Church is literally and physically centered. But in a Reformed/Baptist community, while they are centered about God’s Word, it seems to be more abstract because you’re relying on the pastors to interpret the Bible.

    The RCC doesn’t call it “church planting,” but a new church/parish is typically founded by the diocese, either by splitting an existing parish or establishing a new parish in an area that doesn’t have any Catholic churches. It’s definitely more of a top-down approach. I’m not sure if they still draw parish boundaries, but it used to be that each diocese was divided into parishes and the Catholics within each parish’s boundaries attended that parish. Therefore, establishing a new parish meant carving out territory from one or more existing parishes.

    To think of it in more Protestant terms, each parish is a satellite church of the cathedral, and each cathedral is a satellite of St. Peter’s.🙂

    However, I consider lay ministries (or apostolates) to be more like the Catholic equivalent of church planting since they have more of an entreprenurial feel, beginning on a grassroots level and usually seeking nothing more than a stamp of approval from their pastor and/or bishop. There’s a Catholic youth conference every summer in Louisville called “Ignite Your Torch” that is organized by a couple of local apostolates (JP2 Generation and Catholics For Life). Laypeople are in charge of those ministries and they do all the organizing for “Ignite,” so while it’s growing into a pretty big event with 250+ students, the archdiocese is mostly uninvolved in it.

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