Thoughts on “Dudes and Chicks”

17 Aug

The above video is an interview with Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. (See post: “Mark Driscoll Links for more information”)

The above video is a short interview with Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. The video was shot as a promo for John Piper’s Desiring God conference: “Above All Earthly Powers—The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World.” Mark has described himself as a “charismatic calvinist.” He has been in and out of postmodern discussion in the church and in discussions about the Emergent Church. I like this guy a lot. I have followed his ministry since I was in seminary and he continues to challenge me to be both theologically depth and missionally aware. I have just added his podcast to my iTunes.

He is talking about the importance of assessing church planters to see if they have the goods before you send them off to plant a church. I thought it was a good thought, but not nearly as funny as his comments about “dudes and chicks” in the church. He makes good points regarding masculinity and “dudes” in the Bible like Paul, David, John the Baptist. He is also right to say that our churches are overflowing with “chick-a-fied, church boys.” He says the primary issue in church growth is reaching young men. I can’t argue with that. I do think he goes a little far when he says if you get the young men in the church that you get everything. I think you still need targeted outreach for women and children. Plus, he makes it sound like anything that is feminine is bad, which I do no think is true. He seems to imply that women are not innovators, which I do not believe to be true. God made man — male and female. Female (or the feminine) is a part of the goodness of God’s creation. Nevertheless, Mark has some insightful and some insightfully funny things to say.(For fun, count the number of times he says “chicks” and the number of times he says “dudes.”)

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Posted by on August 17, 2006 in Ministry



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