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Why I love Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll, former Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, has come in for a fair amount of criticism lately. I have no idea how much of it is justified, and even less interest in finding out. But I do know that, despite his faults and failings (I know he has plenty of those, because (1) he's human, like you and me; and (2) he's said so himself), he is a tremendous gift to the church.

I pray that God would in the future continue to use him in some of the extraordinary ways that he's used him in the past, because he has some rare gifts as a preacher of the gospel.

Here, just as a reminder, is a short snippet of the sort of thing that, but the grace of God, Mark Driscoll can do, but which almost no one else can. If you're a man, I encourage you to watch this whole clip, right to the end.

A chiasm in 1 Samuel 3

This is an intriguing on - well worth looking at closely. Notice particularly the strikingly over-long section narrating the judgment against Eli and his house; the powerful simplicity of the three central elements; and all the obvious yet illuminating correspondences throughout. I especially like C - this isn't the first time a prophet has been called when he's hanging out near a burning "bush...

Don't starve the children

In yesterday's sermon, as planned, we considered the question, Why should infants eat the Lord's Supper? We've included the recording of Forum, our interactive discussion following the service, along with the sermon itself, as we used that time to pick up some extra questions. ...

Bring the children to the table

At Emmanuel we welcome baptised children of any age from Christian families to eat the bread and drink the wine of the Lord's Supper, provided that their parents are happy for them to do so. Though this practice - sometimes known as paedocommunion - was nearly universal for the first eleven centuries of the church (I kid you not), and though it is still practiced among (almost?) all Eastern Ort...

Science and Christianity

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at the Sussex Gospel Partnership on the subject of Science and Christianity. Many thanks to those there for the warm welcome. To listen in, click here....
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