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It’s disturbing to me how Mark is just a normal guy, but because he’s a preacher and therefore defies expectations of what a preacher should look like or sound like, he gets accused of TRYING to be cool (see recent video). The reporter shouldn’t have assumed that Mark is trying to be cool just because he’s expected to dress or preach according to a stereotype that he doesn’t fit. It always irks me when people read too much into the way a person dresses, as if they have some agenda to look cool just because they’re expected to dress more traditionally. We live in the 21st century, and the clothes Mark wears are as normal or more normal than suites and ties for people 50 and under. It’s just normal, but preachers aren’t expected to be normal, but to fit a stereotype.
The media needs a taste of Mark Driscoll. He should be representing Christianity on CNN along with Al Mohler. Now that he’s getting a little press, hopefully they will call him up the next time they are looking for a token evangelical to weigh in a conservative voice on culturally taboo issues.
1. Scott McKnight exposes fundamentalism within the political Left.
2. Speaking of fundamentalism … What to make of this Greek Orthodox leader saying all non-Orthodox people are anathema?
4. Travis is an atheist (you can read his story here), but he has a cool blog and his response to the question “What is your favorite color?” is very interesting. It’s the epitome of a philosopher’s answer.
5. Might as well get used to Tony Jones promoting the inclusion of “our GLBT sisters and brothers” [GLBT: gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender]
6. The Atheist Revolution author Vjack informs us that the Atheist blog world is divided over Obama’s choice of Rick Warren. Vjack casually refers to Rick Warren as the “Christian extremist pastor,” then grounds his dislike of Rick on the ghost claim that Rick hates gays, muslims, and even moderate Christians.
7. A Pastor accused of murder claims innocence. His lawyer says evidence was suppressed, but the judge didn’t find any wrongdoing in the case.
8. Mike Fox making a plea not to look at evangelicals through President Bush and making a plea to change the name of the Southern Baptist Convention.
What were Ed Young’s motives in the Seven Day Sex Challenge? Well … if we go by what Ed Young actually said himself, mostly just because he thinks it’s a biblical idea. But iMonk thinks he knows Ed’s true motives.
iMonk thinks he’s just a prideful typical megachurch pastor who’s intentionally using sex tactics to sell the gospel and promote male chauvinism. Read his rantpost Dear Ed Young. Based on his answers to the questions I asked him in the thread, he apparently thinks it’s a safe assumption that Ed’s biblical message is a subterfuge for church growth.
***Is that a fair and charitable assumption? ***