Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Being filled with the Spirit

I was talking to one of my favourite people on the phone today (hi Rachel). She confessed that she doesn't love Mark Driscoll but does benefit from his teaching. I know what she means. Mark seems to have an opinion on everything and sometimes says things that get him in trouble. Rachel said that he seems to be a bit of a 'man's man'. He is probably too much of an alpha male for my liking. Although, unlike Rachel, I do love him. I think there is something very appealing about him. He certainly is a very gifted teacher.

I have been working very hard over the last few days and have not had the energy to do much reading. However, I have learned that their are lots of good video resources on the web (do we still talk about video?). Anyway, I found the following explanation of being filled with the Spirit very helpful.

In one of his books Driscoll explains how he prepares to preach. He spends as much time as possible researching the subject or passage. Then he preaches from what he has learned, without notes (as far as I remember). Of course the problem with not having notes is that you end up repeating yourself. I feel he is not as concise as he could be in this clip. Nevertheless it is very good!


Mr Veale said...

I'm afraid that I'm with Rachel Paul. He does say many sensible things, but nothing that Don Carson or Kevin de Young don't say (minus Driscoll's style).

But his crude and semi-blasphemous exposition of Song of Solomon, his rather naive views of masculinity, and his marketing tactics all leave me cold.

The idea that the church should grow by targetting "young men" is just the marketing strategy of finding a niche in the market. And the idea that young trouble-makers should be given leadership roles in the Church is profoundly unbibliical, unwise, and has caused trouble in some small churches.

Frankly, you and Alister McNeely have far more to say than Driscoll and the "superstar" pastors, and I think that good faithful Pastors of smaller less sensational churches (again like you and Alister) will receive a greater reward.

Graham Veale

Mr Veale said...

For example, when it came to the topic of guidance, I didn't google Driscoll. I knew you, knew that you'd been reading on this topic, and knew that you would have reached good, biblical sensible conclusions. So I sought your opinion.
I honestly worry that evangelicals are too taken with the opinions of men who just happen to have very large Churches.
It's not just me thinking this way.