New Calvinism as News- Article on Driscoll in the NY Times

One of my friends brought this article to my attention. It seems good ol’ Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church out in Seattle have managed to make it onto the radar of the national news media with a long piece dedicated to him and the church in this Sunday’s issue of The New York Times Magazine. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.

On the one hand, this article reads much more intelligently about Christianity and evangelicalism than just about any piece I’ve ever come across in the mainstream media. There is a point in it where the journalist even casts a not so positive light on media darlings Joel Osteen and Bill Hybels, associating them with what Ed Stetzer is quoted as saying is “the atheological, consumer-driven nature of the modern evangelical machine.” It also spends a decent amount of time playing up the values of Calvinism and speaking of complementarianism as something more than just a sexist power grab.

However, on the other end, the article doesn’t always make Calvinism out to be what it really is, focusing more on a cold, hard determinism than on a loving God who sovereign elects and works to complete the salvation of people who were undeserving of any such grace. And when it comes to Driscoll they make him out to be “the cussing pastor,” the strict authoritarian, the guy who gets down and dirty talking about sex, and in the end even as a Big Brother-type character peering down on the seven Mars Hill locales.

As the saying goes, there is no such thing as bad publicity, and believing in a sovereign God I know that he can use an article of this nature to open eyes. I fear such a thing getting into the NY Times, since usually this only happens to evangelicals when they are lining you up to watch for your mistakes. However, it being there at all is a clear sign that good theology and biblical orthodoxy is on the rise is America, and I will take a less-than-favorable article about a preacher like Mark Driscoll over an article proclaiming Rob Bell as being the next Billy Graham any day.

To read the article yourself click here.

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