Flotsam and jetsam (6/28)

Pastor Mark Driscoll’s megachurch recently announced plans to expand into Portland, Oregon, and Orange County, California, using multi-site campuses that feature live bands and a sermon piped in from the main campus in Seattle.

Surely I’m not the only one who’s confused. Are we talking about the work of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity? Personal acts of piety, such as regular Bible reading and other spiritual disciplines? Asking God to send revival as he has done so many times before? Rustic retreats filled with introspection, freed from the interruptions of the modern world? Re-appropriating the wonderful contributions of the Puritans, who saw the necessary link between head and heart?

I swear I don’t remember my dad ever dismissing anyone in his church at the end of the spring with a sermon called, “See you in the fall.” But sometimes I think that’s what we hear in our heads. The weather gets warmer. The days get brighter, and around Memorial Day, we pretend the pastor is giving us a pass for the next few months.

Dan Kimball on Francis Chan’s new book, Erasing Hell:

About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on June 28, 2011, in Flotsam and jetsam. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Quoting from the Swedish preschool: “Society expects girls to be girlie, nice and pretty and boys to be manly, rough and outgoing,” says Jenny Johnsson, a 31-year-old teacher.

    “Egalia gives them a fantastic opportunity to be whoever they want to be.”

    But, Jenny – you are also forcing them into a mold that says who you most fundamentally are is as a person is a will, a chooser. Why is that preferable? It is like Egalia (ultimately) fashioned an anthropology from Wal-Mart (or, since we are in Sweden, IKEA – which is Wal-Mart with a Master’s Degree!:-) And why is escaping from the body and our social navigations of it the way forward?

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