What Mark Driscoll and I Have In Common

Mark Driscoll, pastor of mega church Mars Hill in Seattle, Washington, is never far from controversy. Whether it is his stance on women in the ministry or the husband/wife relationship, if there is an open mic, Mark Driscoll will say something in it. Through his sermons, blog articles, books, tweets and Facebook posts Mark Driscoll shares his view of Christianity to the masses.

To be honest I have never met the guy and I have only read/heard a few things by him. What I have read/heard I have not agreed with. He and I do not see eye to eye on many things in the realm of Christianity. But, even though we have our differences, this is not what I want to focus on.

I was wasting time one day on Facebook when I saw a friend of mine had “liked” something that Driscoll had posted on Facebook (which if you haven’t ever checked his Facebook page he posts several things a day… its a lot folks). Out of curiosity I clicked on the status and began to read. I had prepared myself for an onslaught of literalism and verses out of context but rather it was a paragraph quoting one of my favorite comedians, Brian Regan. (See below)

What I find interesting about this post is that many times Driscoll has come out against yoga claiming it to have “demonic roots.” This was emphasized in the comment sections of his post. I wasn’t sure how to take it. Why would someone who dislikes the concept of yoga on religious basis promote a comedian that uses it to make money? Isn’t that like a vegetarian supporting a barbecue festival?

Then I found that he quoted Regan again…

I was amazed… Mark Driscoll and I have something in common… besides being Christians, pastors, husbands, dads and male.

Can the ground of commonality be forged on the field of comedy?

Maybe in the realm of theology and Christian practice Driscoll and I are different, but when we need to unwind and have a good laugh, Brian Regan brings us together. Maybe I have forgotten that Mark Driscoll is just like me, a fallible human being. I took away his humanity and made him into this robot of a branch of Christianity that I did not agree with. Knowing that he laughs at the same jokes I do is humbling and thought provoking all at the same time. Sometimes its hard for me fully grasp the tenet of the Disciples of Christ “freedom of belief” especially when I think someone else’s theology is harmful and misrepresents God and even the intent of the scriptures.

Sure I would love to tell him about my understanding of God, the Bible, Christ, women in ministry and the like but I doubt that will ever happen. I will continue to pursue a God who loves me despite the way I act and even think about others. Hopefully more common ground will be found but until then, enjoy the video below and laugh with Mark and I.

In Christ,

Rev. Evan


Sermon: “You’re Invited”

You're invited

You’re invited (Photo credit: anetz)

 

Below is a link to a sermon I preached on October 20, 2013 entitled “You’re Invited” based on Matthew 22:1-14

http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/94aiboe8dt/you_re_invited.mp3
(Recorded by Voice Record Pro by Bej Bej Apps for iOS)

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

The Next Step

Books to be returned...
It’s hard to believe that seven months ago I clicked “publish” to a letter asking a multi-million dollar corporation to stop targeting women and girls in a way that diminished their self-worth, self-pride and self-esteem.   Little did I know that 3,936,266 hits (and counting) later people from across the globe would still be reading, sharing, liking and discussing it.

I want to thank you all for supporting me.

Throughout these past few months I began to think about what the next step would be, I did not want the conversation to stop with one post.  I began to think about how throughout most marketing advertisements the human form or the Divine Image (Imago Dei) is distorted to a form of perfection, ideal and glamour.  Sure ad campaigns use this clever device to sell products but the problem arise when these images go past the screen/page and into the minds of people as factual and true.

I am happy to announce that yesterday I have submitted a book proposal to Chalice Press.

In a nutshell, it looks at how the divine image is distorted in marketing and how God uses imperfect people to propagate the message of God while society demands perfection.

Now this does not mean that they will pick it up or anything but I am proud of the work I submitted.

Stay tuned for updates!

In Christ,

 

Rev. Evan


(“Red Hardcover Book With Flipping Pages” available under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 at http://www.flickr.com/photos/hashir/936394705/)

Sermon: “The Cost of Discipleship”

Luke 14:27

Luke 14:27 (Photo credit: pastorbuhro)

Below is a link to a sermon I preached entitled “The Cost of Discipleship” based on Luke 14:25-33

http://k002.kiwi6.com/hotlink/044f24w5p4/cost_of_discipleship.mp3
(Recorded by Voice Record Pro by Bej Bej Apps for iOS)

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

Sermon Series: Disciples 101- Movement For Wholeness

DisciplesUniversity

Yesterday I finished my six part series on the tenets of the Disciples of Christ.  It has been a very rewarding process.  While I understand I am not the sole authority on the Disciples of Christ I believe that with these six main points, the love of God through Christ can be shown and reflected in a myriad of ways.   (Check out this page for more information)

I hope you have enjoyed them as much as I have enjoyed preparing for them and preaching them.

(Recorded by Voice Record Pro by Bej Bej Apps for iOS)

In Christ,

Rev. Evan

After The Rain…

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the sun will shine again after the rain.

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