Mark Driscoll (pastor)
|Mark A. Driscoll|
October 11, 1970 |
Grand Forks, North Dakota
|Occupation||Pastor, Author, Founder and Former President of the Acts 29 Network|
|Notable work(s)||Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe, Real Marriage|
|Era||Late 20th and early 21st Centuries|
|Tradition or movement||Reformed, Evangelical|
|Notable ideas||Complementarianism, Biblicism, Reformed Charismatics|
Mark A. Driscoll (born October 11, 1970) is an American pastor and author. He is the founder and current preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, co-founder of Churches Helping Churches and the Acts 29 Network. Driscoll served as president of the Acts 29 Network, a church planting organization, until 2012. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values" section of the Seattle Times,the "On Faith" section of the Washington Post, and is an opinion writer for the Fox News website. With his wife, he co-authored Real Marriage, which reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in January 2012.
Driscoll was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and was raised Roman Catholic in the Riverton Heights area of Seatac, WA. He is a 1989 graduate of Highline High School in Burien, Washington, where he served as student body president and editor of the school newspaper. He earned a Bachelor's degree in communications from Washington State University with a minor in philosophy and holds a Master of Arts degree in exegetical theology from Western Seminary.
Driscoll founded the Resurgence, a theological cooperative whose partners include Acts 29 Network and Mars Hill Church. The Resurgence aims to train church leaders in conservative reformed theology. It has three main branches: Re:Lit, a publishing house; Re:Train, a missional training centre; and Re:Sound, a music arm.
ABC Nightline Special
In 2009, Driscoll was involved in a debate with Deepak Chopra, Annie Lobert, and Carlton Pearson in an ABC special entitled, "Does Satan Exist?". He has also been featured on the program discussing other topics including the 10 Commandments and sex.
In January 2010, following the 7.0-measured earthquake disaster, Driscoll and James MacDonald took a crew to Haiti to provide prayer and relief to Haitian churches through their ministry Churches Helping Churches.
Accusations of Plagiarism
On November 21, 2013, radio host Janet Mefferd accused Driscoll of plagiarism. Substantial segments of his book A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity Have a Funeral or a Future? are said to be taken from Peter Jones' 1999 book, Gospel Truth/Pagan Lies: Can You Tell the Difference? Driscoll's publisher Tyndale House stated that they gave a "thorough in-house review" and disagreed that this was a case of plagiarism. Passages from another book, Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1&2 Peter, were copied verbatim from passages written by David Wheaton in the New Bible Commentary. The relevant passages were posted online. InterVarsity Press, publisher of the New Bible Commentary, stated that Driscoll improperly failed to provide quotation or attribution for the material. Neither Peter Jones, D.A. Carson, Mark Driscoll nor Janet Mefferd have decided to make more any statements pertaining the case.
Style of sermons
Driscoll's style, he says, is influenced by stand-up comedians like Chris Rock. Driscoll preaches series like Vintage Jesus, Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions, The Peasant Princess, and Trial, focusing on a book of the Bible or topical sermons. Driscoll delivers his sermons with a Systematic Theology approach.
Rob Wall, a professor at Seattle Pacific University, explains the success for the church in Mark Driscoll's direct answers to complicated spiritual questions: "His style of public rhetoric is very authoritative. Whether it's about the Bible, or about culture, he is very clear and definitive." In a Crosscut.com article, his style was described this way: "Pacing the stage at the main Ballard campus, he delivered a sermon on marriage roles as he saw them set forth in the Song of Solomon. He told stories from his own marriage, offered statistics, and dropped jokes without their feeling forced. Every few minutes he would sniff in a thoughtful, practiced sort of way. This untucked, down-to-earth demeanor was the opposite of a huckster televangelist, but polished in its own way. It makes the guy easy to listen to."
Driscoll has been widely inspired by other theologians including Augustine (especially on predestination), John Calvin (especially on city transformation), Martin Luther (especially on the gospel), along with the Puritans, Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon. And he finds himself in connection with contemporary theologians including Lesslie Newbigin, Tim Keller, Ed Stetzer, J. I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer, John Stott, Wayne Grudem, Don Carson, John Piper and David Wells.
Driscoll denies the orthodox Calvinist view of Limited Atonement and believes instead that Jesus died for all people in some sense, and for some people (the elect) in another sense. He thinks this position was what John Calvin believed, saying in a humorous tone: 'Calvinism came after Calvin... I will argue that the Calvinists are not very Calvin. I will argue against Calvinism with Calvin... What kind of Calvinist are you? I'm a Calvin, not a Calvinist, that came later'. Driscoll also believes that this position (or slight variations thereof) was held by men like Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Martin Luther, and Richard Baxter.
In the mid-1990s I was part of what is now known as the Emerging Church and spent some time traveling the country to speak on the emerging church in the emerging culture on a team put together by Leadership Network called the Young Leader Network. But, I eventually had to distance myself from the Emergent stream of the network because friends like Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt began pushing a theological agenda that greatly troubled me. Examples include referring to God as a chick, questioning God's sovereignty over and knowledge of the future, denial of the substitutionary atonement at the cross, a low view of Scripture, and denial of hell which is one hell of a mistake.
Driscoll holds to a complementarian view of gender roles. He sometimes asks his wife to come up on stage to help him answer questions texted in from the audience, and believes that this does not clash with his understanding that preaching/teaching by women is prohibited by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:12.
When the Evangelical leader Ted Haggard left New Life Church in Colorado, Driscoll raised an uproar with the comment on his blog: "A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband's sin, but she may not be helping him either." Driscoll later apologized for his statement.
When the Episcopal Church elected a woman as its bishop, Driscoll wrote on his blog, "If Christian males do not man up soon, the Episcopalians may vote a fluffy baby bunny rabbit as their next bishop to lead God's men."
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- Driscoll, Mark (28 March 2012), A Note on Some Transitions, Acts 29 Network, retrieved 8 December 2012
- "Pastor Mark Driscoll - Archive". FoxNews.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
- Hardcover advice, "Best seller books", The New York Times (list), 2012-01-22, retrieved 2012-03-16
- Worthen, Molly (January 11, 2009). "Who Would Jesus Smack Down?". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Tu, Janet. "Pastor Mark packs 'em in". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Merritt, Jonathan (2013 November 22). "Mark Driscoll accused of plagiarism by radio host". Religion News Service.
- Merritt, Jonathan (2013 November 27). "More allegations of plagiarism surface against Mark Driscoll". Religion News Service.
- Tracy, Kate (12/9/2013). "Publisher: Mark Driscoll Improperly Copied Paragraphs from Bible Commentary". Christianity Today. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
- Mefferd, Janet. "Page scans of allegedly plagiarized material compared to alleged sources". The Janet Mefferd Show. Archived from the original on 2013 December 3.
- "Basically, Nobody's Talking About the Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Accusations". Relevant.
- Driscoll 2006a, p. 70.
- Egge, Rose (2008-07-14). "Mars Hill Church one of nation's fastest growing". Ballard News-Tribune. Archived from the original on 2008-08-03. Retrieved 2008-10-04.
- "Evangelism meets Seattle: the view from Mars Hill". Crosscut. 2008-10-30. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- "One to One with Mark Driscoll", New Frontiers Magazine 3 (7), retrieved 2008-12-16[dead link]
- "Part 3", Predestination (sermon), Mars hill church, after about 8:30min through the sermon he talks briefly about this.
- Unlimited-Limited Atonement (sermon notes), November 20, 2005
- Unlimited-Limited Atonement (MP3) (audio), 44–50 min
- Driscoll, Mark (July 28, 2008). "Recap: Spurgeon Is the Man week". The Resurgence (blog). Mars Hill Church. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Ellinger, Jeffrey (December 4, 2012). "The secret sin of Mark Driscoll". Chunklet to go go. Vice. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Warnock, Adrian (April 2, 2006). "Interview with Mark Driscoll". Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Driscoll, Mark (January 14, 2012). "Insights from Charles Spurgeon’s ministry & marriage". The Resurgence (blog). Mars Hill Church. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Driscoll, Mark (November 28, 2006). Part 4. "Preaching & teaching Jesus from Scripture". The Resurgence (blog). Mars Hill Church. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
- Driscoll, Mark. "Welcome". Retrieved 11 July 2010.
- Driscoll, Mark (September 19, 2006), "It's Always Something at Mars Hill Church", The Resurgence (blog), retrieved November 15, 2006
- Marriage and Women (sermon), Mars hill church, 45:38min through he invites her up.
- Marriage and Women, Mars hill church, 1:01:25min through he clarifies this.
- "Mars Hill pastor responds to uproar over blog posts on women". Seattle PI. 2006-12-03. Retrieved 2008-12-16.
- Driscoll, Mark; Morgan, Piers (10 March 2012), Mark Driscoll on Piers Morgan (transcript), "Homosexuality is wrong"
- Driscoll, Mark (3 July 2006), "Answers to Common Questions about Creation", The Resurgence (Was anything made not good?), "Importantly, it was God who created the covenant of marriage, thus He alone defines what it is. His definition of one man and one woman eliminates any alternatives such as bestiality, homosexuality, and polygamy"
- Driscoll, Mark; Ashley, Jennifer; Bickle, Michael ‘Mike’; Howerton, Michael ‘Mike’ (2004). The Relevant Church: A New Vision For Communities of Faith. Relevant Books. ISBN 0-9746942-4-X.
- ——— (2004). The Radical Reformission. Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-25659-3.
- ——— (2006a). Confessions of a Reformission Rev. Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-27016-2.
- ———; et al. (2007). Piper, John, ed. The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World. Crossway Books. ISBN 1-58134-922-X.
- ———; et al. (2007). Webber, Robert E, ed. Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches. Zondervan. ISBN 0-310-27135-5.
- ———; Breshears, Gerry (2008). Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0129-5.
- ——— (2008). On the New Testament (Book You'll Actually Read). Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0134-1.
- ——— (2008). On the Old Testament (Book You'll Actually Read). Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0135-X.
- ——— (2008). On Church Leadership (Book You'll Actually Read). Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0137-6.
- ——— (2008). On Who Is God? (Book You'll Actually Read). Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0136-8.
- ———; Breshears, Gerry (2008). Vintage Jesus: Timeless Answers to Timely Questions. Crossway Books. ISBN 1-58134-975-0.
- ———; Breshears, Gerry (2009). Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods. Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-4335-0130-2.
- ——— (2009). Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions. Crossway Books. ISBN 1-4335-0616-5.
- ———; Breshears, Gerry (2010). Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe. Crossway Books. ISBN 978-1-4335-0625-3.
- ——— (2012). Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-4002-0383-3.
- ——— (2013). Who Do You Think You Are?: Finding Your True Identity in Christ. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1‐4002‐0385‐7.
- ——— (2009). Pastor Dad: Scriptural Insights on Fatherhood. Re:Lit. ISBN 9781257134380.
- ——— (2008). Porn-Again Christian: A Frank Discusson on Pornography & Masturbation. Re:Lit.
- Mars Hill Church (homepage).
- Archive of Pastor Mark Driscoll's Foxnews.com opinion columns (archive).