Archives For A Call to Resurgence

scarlett-johansson-105aYou’d be surprised how many marriages suffer not because of money, infidelity or divergent life goals.

You’d be surprised how many marriages suffer instead because the man in the relationship would prefer to be a dude, frittering away the night’s hours…

playing with himself.

Not watching porn, mind you,

but playing…ahem…video games.

It’s- slightly- funny when it’s in a movie starring Seth Whatshisname. It’s quite the opposite when its real husbands and wives.

I heard on the news this morning that the new Playstation (4) sold over a million- what they hell do you call them…units, consoles, toys?- in 24 hours.

If you’re (not) scoring at home, that’s slightly more than hits on a Scarlett Johansson selfie in the same time period.

Not to mention Microsoft, in its ongoing quest to ignore how impenetrable are its software programs, is coming out with the new Xbox this week.

All told, it’s the best week for nerds since JJ Abrams signed on to ruin the latest installment of Star Wars (if the next SW episode involves time-travel, they might as well sub in Sydney Bristow for Chewy or Han).

Admittedly my perspective is colored by the fact that I never had a video game system as a kid, only played Duck Hunt on the first Nintendo a few times at a friend’s house and today get schooled by my 2nd grader at Lego Harry Potter on the iPad, but I found the following compelling.

And that the following comes from Mark Driscoll, my bizarro Gospel-world nemesis, should tell you something: 9fd2f25f6a96a760872a425d027134ab

“…for the young guys who spend most of their time watching television, eating chips and playing video games- we need you to undergo a cranial-rectal extraction immediately.

As you sit around with your buddies trying to battle an enemy, liberate a people, and usher in a kingdom in yet another video game, I need you to know that you are wasting your lives.

Those deep desires you have to be part of a tribe on mission to defeat evil and set captives free for the glory of a great king and kingdom are there for the cause of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we need you on the front lines.

The faithful grandmas and moms are getting tired of holding the line.”

A Call to Resurgence 

 

 

 

9fd2f25f6a96a760872a425d027134abI’ve read that Josef Mengele Mengele, the Nazi ‘Angel of Death,’ who was one of the chief architects of the holocaust, also had a compassionate, some say charming, side to him.

It was not rare, for example, that Mengele would act in a caring, empathetic manner towards exhausted mothers and their children.

While they waited on ramps for the train cars to come and ship them to death camps.

We’ve all got our good side, right?

No matter how rotten the lemon at least a little bit of lemonade can be made.

Of course I’m exaggerating when I draw an analogy from the above to the (in)famous Seattle pastor, Mark Driscoll. Such a comparison is shockingly insensitive, snarky to the extreme, wildly overblown, willfully ignorant of the larger context and aimed only at scoring rhetorical points for the sake of your attention.

In short, it’s exactly the kind of sarcastic parallel Mark Driscoll would draw up himself.

And to be honest, I wonder if therein lies my love-hate-hate-hate-hate-stomach-love relationship with Mark Driscoll?

Minus his cro-magnon misogyny, Driscoll practices the very same blunt, acerbic rhetoric of which my heart is fond. As some of you, dear blog readers, have pointed out I can come across as an a@%hole on occasion and a quick Google search will show that that’s the consensus on brother Mark.

So maybe what I don’t like about Mark Driscoll is what I don’t like about myself.

Or, even more intriguing, is what I don’t like about Mark Driscoll what I DO LIKE about myself?

Whichever the answer, whenever I think of Jesus’ command to love our enemies…Driscoll makes the top ten.

A while back I attempted to read Mark Driscoll’s ebook on fatherhood in a spirit of openness and charity and blog about it. I think I managed one non-snarky post before the skuvbalon hit the fan.

Well, I’m doing some penance.

Mark Driscoll has a new book out: A Call to Resurgence: Will Christianity have a Funeral or a Future?

If you can tune out the page % given over to homosexuality and Barack Obama (I’m no liberal but WTF?), there’s actually solid nuggets of bible wisdom in here, delivered up in true, tell-it-like-it-is Driscoll fashion.

Here’s one on the lack of generosity churches tolerate from their would-be Jesus followers:

“Next time you are in a store, imagine that, instead of a cash register, there was a bucket and a sign that read, “Pay Whatever You Want and If You Don’t Want to Pay Anything, That’s Fine Too.” 

How long do you think that store would remain in business? 

That is the business model of the church. Unlike the government, which simply takes money from you, or an actual business, which will have you arrested if you do not pay for a good or service you receive, the church depends entirely on generosity. But the statistics reveal that most professing Christians are not generous givers:  

More than one out of four professing American Protestants given away $0. 

The median annual giving for a Christian is $200- just over half a percent of after tax income. 

About 5% of Christians provide 60% of the money to churches and religious groups. 

20% of Christians account for 86% of all giving. 

Among Protestants, 10% of evangelicals, 28% of mainline folk, 33% of fundamentalists and 40% of liberal Protestants give $0.00. 

But-

Jesus devoted roughly 25% of his words in the Gospels to our use of money.