Mark Driscoll, high-profile pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, is known for his honest, often-acerbic speaking style. Even so, for Driscoll and his wife, Grace, to lay out their sexual history in a book for the world to see is risky at best, and potentially lethal to a ministry career at worst. How should married couples decide together about doing anal sex and oral sex? Is masturbation a sin? But the Driscolls did experience many of these things, so they write and speak about first-hand experiences, including some startling discoveries after they were married and how they worked through issues related to each of their sexual histories. We started leading counseling sessions, seminars, teaching on marriage.
Well, folks, we finally did it. And, thankfully, the last chapter is mercifully brief. The one thing that stood out to me about this chapter is how patronizing it is. A homework assignment. Thankfully, my partner is a decent human being who respects me.
A Brief Examination of Mark Driscoll’s Definition of Sexual Morality
Next Pastor Mark is warning them about lust and exalting the confines of marriage, one hand jammed in his jeans pocket while the other waves his Bible. In little more than a decade, his ministry has grown from a living-room Bible study to a megachurch that draws about 7, visitors to seven campuses around Seattle each Sunday, and his books, blogs and podcasts have made him one of the most admired — and reviled — figures among evangelicals nationwide. Liberals wince at his hellfire theology and insistence that women submit to their husbands. But what is new about Driscoll is that he has resurrected a particular strain of fire and brimstone, one that most Americans assume died out with the Puritans: Calvinism, a theology that makes Pat Robertson seem warm and fuzzy. With his taste for vintage baseball caps and omnipresence on Facebook and iTunes, Driscoll, who is 38, is on the cutting edge of American pop culture.
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