Seeker Sensible

Because there are non-Christians present in corporate worship meetings, people leading those meetings need to be hospitable to non-Christians. This would include the preacher presenting the gospel to the non-Christians, someone explaining why the church meetings have certain elements such as communion or singing, and explaining Christian terms in a way that allows the non-Christian to understand what the Bible says. This does not mean that the entire service is to be seeker-sensitive and designed mainly as an evangelistic rally, but a sincere effort is made to help non-Christians understand and...
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Religious People

Mark Driscoll pretty much sums up my thoughts on religious people: What do YOU...
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Is Yoga something to get upset about? This parent thinks so…

One school district in California is mandating Yoga classes for their 5,000 students as a kind of “21st Century P. E.”. This has a handful of Christian parents upset. Is Yoga something, as Christians and church leaders, to take a stand on? Mark Driscoll has said that he thinks Yoga is ‘demonic’? Watch and listen as Matt Steen and I tackle this subject, and start the conversation… CLICK IMAGE TO WATCH Yoga Classes in School & Christian Outrage (Length:  5 min 58 sec) Subscribe to MinistryBriefing on YouTube What do YOU think?  Leave a text or video comment...
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Driscoll: 16 Things I look for in a Preacher

At Mars Hill Church they have what they call a preacher’s “Qualifying Day”.  This year they have about 50 elders at Mars Hill, and about that many more in training. So they thought it would be fun to give them all a different text to preach a week ahead of time, then have a ‘preach off’ of sorts… They’ll show up to preach and be evaluated. Well… only 3 will preach in the first round (date) of competition. Mark Driscoll wrote on his blog: This will be fun…for some of us. For our Mars Hill version of American Idol for preachers, I’ll play the part of...
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John Piper: What I had to learn the hard way

Recently, Mark Driscoll had the opportunity to sit down and talk with John Piper.  Mark asked him about the things that John had to learn in ministry the hard way.  Here is Piper’s response: Don’t assume that all fat people are gluttons. And don’t use the word fat. There is a principle here. Learn from logic and experience not to associate things—especially in preaching—that don’t necessarily go together. Another way to say it is: be hyper-vigilant to avoid and explode stereotypes. Not all single women want to be married. Not all boys like football. Not all homemakers like to cook....
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John Piper on what he would tell a young John Piper about getting into ministry

Recently, Mark Driscoll sat down with John Piper and asked him what advice he would have given himself when he started in the ministry: John Piper: I would quote to him V. Raymond Edman: “Don’t question in the dark what God showed you in the light.” Darkness comes. In the middle of it, the future looks blank. The temptation to quit is huge. Don’t. You are in good company. You are in the pit with King David. He waited. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction” (Ps. 40:1–2). God will do that for you. You will argue with...
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Mark Driscoll New E-Book: Puff or Pass: Should Christians smoke pot or not?

It’s kind of a big issue in Washington, where Mark Driscoll pastors.  In fact, Washington state recently legalized the recreational use of marijuana. That has prompted Mark Driscoll to write a short e-book on a question he is now getting much more often:  Is it OK for Christians to smoke pot? Here’s how the book starts out: You can download a copy of the e-book here for free. OK… if someone grabbed you on the street, or called your office this morning and asked you the question, “If Pot became legal in our state, would it be ok, as a Christian, to smoke it?, what would YOU...
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Top Ten Reasons to Ban Mark Driscoll from Liberty University

There is a move on the internet to ban an upcoming visit to Liberty University by Mark Driscoll. Driscoll is supposed to speak at an April 20th chapel service and hold a marriage conference on campus. But this isn’t sitting well with some, and they’ve started an online petition to stop Driscoll from speaking on campus. Add an outspoken blogger to the mix, and you have a mini-firestorm that caused the Liberty board to fire back an official response, claiming big misrepresentations from the blogger. As it stands at this writing, Driscoll is still scheduled to speak on April 20. Here’s...
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Acts 29 Moving to Dallas; Matt Chandler Taking Over Presidency

In a very large announcement, Mark Driscoll writes today at the Acts 29 Blog: Together, we decided, in light of all the complexity we’re facing, that the best thing for Acts 29 going forward would be for Matt Chandler to assume the presidency, move the network offices to Dallas, and select his Acts 29 staff. In light of this, I want to sincerely thank the people of Mars Hill for investing millions of dollars over the years in Acts 29 and the people of The Village for being willing to house the Acts 29 headquarters. As for myself, I want to humbly serve Jesus and his men in Acts 29 by doing whatever...
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Driscoll Speaks out on his Elephant Room Experience

Mark Driscoll has written a post over at PastorMark.tv telling of his personal experience at the Elephant Room this year.  Here are the 10 things he learned.  (You’ll need to go here to read more details): 1. I appreciate godly friends who don’t want to defeat me publicly but rather help me privately. 2. I don’t want to just make a point—I want to make a difference by God’s grace. 3. My theology is a home and not a prison. 4. I have a lot to learn. 5. I want to be helpful. 6. Fear of man is deadly. 7. Winning people is better than winning arguments. 8. I love people I don’t agree...
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