This went well. No matter what Ingrid, Slice of Sin and Campi say it would be completely inapproriate for Mark not to confront his congregation on sexual issues, as it would have for the Apostle Paul to ignore incest in the church at Corinth. As a side note I have heard every sermon since 2005 and he does not talk about sex as much as any of them would suggest…
In this Video there are a lot of things I love: Mars Hill Seattle, Lecrae, a Missional focus, and John Piper Quotes:
There is a short list of people that I will listen to: the elders, my wife, John Piper, C.J Mahaney, Gary Breshears. I’ll listen to them because they have love and hope for me. They will criticize me, but it’s so that I can be more like Jesus, and not so that they can glory in their victory.
Notice that a certain arrogant, spiritually immature, malcontent, contentious brother is absent from the list. For this I am glad, we all need true men of God to speak into our lives and help us become more like Jesus. We also need to be able to ignore those who sneak in like wolves among the sheep. This is a very important skill lest the Gospel be neutered by people who love themselves and sound of their own critique more than they love the King. I hope for myself men of God who will tell me the truth and the skills to ignore those who would put their preferences and glory before the Cross.
I am reading the Tangible Kingdom by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay. Like Hirsch’s “The Forgotten Ways” it is one of those books that totally blows you paradigm. I am loving it. I have this dream for American where the church abandons rote Americanism and truly begins to pursue Jesus again. This book gives a glimpse of what it would look like for that to happen. Beyond that if you want to know how unique this book is consider the fact that on the back it is endorsed by both Driscoll and McLaren.
“The Holy Spirit uses Driscoll in a lot of ways. Driscoll can tell you that you are stupid on a Sunday morning and everyone will say, “yes I am, how can I be saved?” But, if you try and be Mark, instead of who God has called you to be, you are going to look like a bunch of jackasses!” (quote from the Contend Earnestly Blog, which is also awesome)
I really encourage you if you are a church leader to listen to this, you can find it here.
My favorite Mark Quote of all time: It’s all about Jesus, It’s always about Jesus, it’s only about Jesus!