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Sorry I’ve been slacking. Thanks for those who emailed/left comments asking my opinion on the Driscoll podcast. I’ve already wrote two long post on the subject but I’ve decided not to publish my thoughts. Not sure it will be helpful and I do not want to stir the pot. I’ve already had over 1200 hits on the subject this week so I know it’s a tense situation.

I have many good friends who are with Acts 29 and Emergent Village. I just don’t think I can articulate my thoughts in a way that would be clear and beneficial. I do think bloggers (including myself) have to be careful how they blog and what they say. It’s one thing to hear Driscoll speak on the subject. It’s another thing to put up a quick post proclaiming men by name to be heretics, calling them a disgrace to God, the cross and the church and then not even defining the issues at hand. Bloggers have a responsibility and we have be careful how and what we blog.

The best I can say is this-listen to the podcast. Agree and disagree (I did) and learn. Don’t automatically pick sides. Many times we fail to learn and grow because we refuse to process the information on a objective level.

This is my last post on the subject. I just don’t want to be combative and cause more pain. BTW-I don’t live with my mom. *wink*

A follow-up from my previous post.

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary has released the podcast in which Driscoll claims Rob Bell to be heretical. I’ve also heard that Driscoll was actually humble as he describes his frustration. That kind of shocks me.

Once again, I will say this. I have no issues with Driscoll disagreeing with these men and their theology. But to claim one is a heretic scares me. How do you define a heretic?

Also, what is a proper process to rebuke one who has fallen into heresy? Many say Matt 18 does not apply. Because that is dealing with personal sin. To me I would assume that teaching false doctrine is a personal sin. No?

I’m not trying to choose sides…I want to learn and grow from this issue and see God ‘s hand bring redemption. I just hope this does not start some cool wanna-be like-Driscoll and start calling people out all the time becuase we have disagreements over theology. This can get scary if one does not walk in humility and fear of the Lord.

Christianity Today has just posted an online article featuring Mark Driscoll.

Speaking of Driscoll…The blog world is already ablaze, apparently Driscoll has gone public at Convergent Conference with his belief that Brian Mclaren and Doug Pagitt are heretics, which is old news. But apparently he has now added Rob Bell to that list. Not sure where to go with that. My initial thought is this: I hope Driscoll has discussed his issues with Bell before he went public. That would be pretty immature to slam a guy in public without first speaking to him in private. Of course I was not there, so I’m not exactly sure what Driscoll said.

I’m sure we shall hear more soon.

Had a blast hanging out with Jonathan Dodson at Progress Coffee. Jonathan is a church planter who is beginning to gather a core team that will launch a church in downtown Austin. Rock on!

Man I love church planters. These cats take a lot of risk, most folks have no clue how hard it is to start something from the ground up. Please say a prayer for him and feel free to throw some funds his way.

Shalom

Had a great time last night at the “Vista Dude Night.”

Hit the gym this morning. Ran/Biked 7 miles. Felt good.

While at the gym I listened to Darrin Patrick message on preaching. Wow, I love Darrin-such a great balance. But his message was so convicting. If you’re a pastor you need to listen to this message. Preaching to people every Sunday is an art that takes a lot of discipline. Very few do it well.

Mark Driscoll has a great post (1 of 11) about ministry and burnout. You can read the blog and or watch the video.

Death by Ministry (Part 1)

Some clarity from Acts 29.

I truly respect these cats and even though we disagree on some theological points I think they are by far the most compelling and successful church planting network that I know of.

These guys are so passionate about the gospel and missional living. Plus they do a lot to help “all” planters learn how to build great churches. And for that they should be honored and respected.