Mark Driscoll is no stranger to controversy. He’s also no stranger to media interviews.
But one he did recently with the UK’s Christianity Magazine is, according to Driscoll, the most “disrespectful, adversarial, and subjective” he’s ever experienced.
Driscoll says that the interview that was supposed to be about his new marriage book released this month… but the interview rarely mentioned the book, but instead the questions centered around “any controversial thing I’ve ever said in the past 15 years with a host of questions that were adversarial and antagonistic.”
The interviewer, Justin Brierley, has released an audio tape of the interview, that he defends. The publisher of Christian Today also is saying that the interview was fair: “Justin’s interview with Mark Driscoll was robust and fair, and I utterly reject the claim that it was adversarial, disrespectful or subjective… We took great care to ensure that his quotes were in context, and gave him the opportunity to talk about his new book, as well as his life and theology.”
So… what’s got everybody, including the normally calm Driscoll up in arms?
Driscoll says his quotes are taken out of context. Here is what the pre-article release quoted Driscoll as saying:
On the state of the church in Britain: “Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth.”
Another quote: You’ll never attract young men to church as long as there are “guys in dresses preaching to grandmas”.
Hear for yourself with the whole interview audio:
Take a read and a listen and let me know what you think. Is Driscoll right to scream FOUL?
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