We never paid for electricity in our office apartment because the building was illegally hooked up to the power grid and all our power was stolen.” Driscoll "Confessions of a Reformission Rev"
Mark Driscoll "Keeping himself up for his woman"
As I sit here, contemplating this post, sipping my Earl Grey-hot (inside Trekkie joke), I felt a clarification is in order prior to the post. Both of your humble blog queens have led traditional lives. Although we both hold MBAs, we have stayed home with our children, working on the home front. We are not some feminists producing a screed about Mark Driscoll. We believe that there are significant problems in both his behavior and theology that need to be addressed. Start by looking at the quote at the top of the page.
Excessive Focus on Sexual Issues
TWW has covered this in detail when this blog first started. You may read our posts by clicking on the Mark Driscoll key word on our list. His treatment of the Song of Solomon has been universally panned by most scholars except for his buddies in his network who benefit from speaking engagements, book endorsements, etc. Here is a link to Brother Mark's Traveling Sex Show to get you started.
The Ted Haggard Comment:
Some of our new readers may wonder why we often joke about being glamorous, well-dressed bloggers. This is in response to a comment that he made in his blog about Ted Haggard’s fall. Many of you might recall that Haggard was hooking up with a 20 something MALE and was also using drugs. Here is what Mark Driscoll wrote according to Christianity Today. Link.
“He (Driscoll) commented on Ted Haggard's resignation from the National Association of Evangelicals. Writing on his blog, Driscoll offered helpful, practical advice for young pastors who might struggle to ward off sexual temptation. But one comment stood out.
"It is not uncommon to meet pastors' wives who really let themselves go; they sometimes feel that because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness," Driscoll wrote. "A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband's sin, but she may not be helping him either.’”
Now, if were were to look carefully at Driscoll's interpretation of sartorial splendor, we would see that he often dresses like a frat boy in Mickey Mouse t-shirts and carries what appears to be excess weight on his frame. But, he sees fit to make this comment about Haggard’s fall? Haggard likes guys so is he suggesting Haggard’s wife should do something so she is more attractive to Haggard? How? Become a male??
Driscoll seems to be doing his best to “blame the woman” instead of discussing the real issue about a pastor who likes both men and drugs. Why does he focus on the woman in this situation? Does he have trouble understanding that some men like men? Does this not fit his definition of patriarchy? Only women can be the screw ups in this arena? Good night!!!!
It is also important to note that Haggard’s wife appears to be a most attractive, well-dressed woman so this comment is, well, inappropriate and weird. However, TWW will continue to remind our readers of this comment whenever we allude to our glamorous selves. PS We never, ever wear Mickey Mouse t-shirts or bowling shirts.
Two Hour Sermon Preparation while watching the TV
Driscoll claims to have read thousands of theology books, so it might seem surprising that his exegesis is superficial. However, Driscoll gives some insight into why his theology might lack depth. At the following site, St Eutychus, the blogger actually took pictures of some revealing Facebook comments by Driscoll.
He claims to have prepared his sermon in 2 hours! Not only that, he noted that he did so while watching a Mariners Game on television!! Don’t believe me? See for yourself here.
Yesterday, one of my pastors confessed to spending 30 hours in preparation for the Sunday sermon. Since a sermon is one of the most important aspects of a preachers life, one might assume that intense preparation is a given. So why would a pastor actually brag about his abysmal preparation time on a public Facebook page? There seems to be a major disconnect here and I will propose a theory tomorrow. Warning: it is not flattering!
Women Must Stay Home While Men Work-The Bible Tells Me So!
Listen to Driscoll "unpack" Titus.Such trajectory, such winsomeness! If he spends 2 hours on a sermon, I wonder how much time he spent thinking about this one.
Here are some of my thoughts on this video. I believe that Driscoll misses the major point of this Titus passage. Let me propose three scenarios that involve three families that I know.
Scenario 1: The wife is a nationally well-known pediatrician who is involved with Christian medical ethics. She has a successful pediatric practice and is involved in testifying before Congress on issues near and dear to Christians. Her husband, who holds an advanced degree from an Ivy League school, was a stay at home dad. They both agreed to this arrangement. They successfully raised two Godly young women. While at home, the husband started a small, successful computer business that he ran from the home while the kids were at school. Now, he runs it full time. Said husband would have gladly supported the family financially. However, he supported his family with his flexibility which worked out for the interests of all involved.
Scenario 2: Both husband and wife are committed Christians, having met and married in dental school. The wife feared losing her dental skills while raising her children. So, they started a private dental practice in which the husband works three days a week and the wife works two days a week. One parent is always with the children.
Scenario 3: The husband is a nationally recognized cardiologist and his wife is a pediatric neurologist. Both love the Lord and serve at their church. They have one son who is handicapped and all three sons are now adults. The husband works full time. The mother sees patients one evening a week and on Saturdays. Although the husband was usually home during her short hours, they also lived next door to grandparents who could fill in an occasional conflict.
All of these scenarios would be rejected by the 2-hour TV theologian. In fact, Driscoll alludes to the fact that at a stay at home dad is worse than a pagan and that he probably should be rejected from the church. By extension, I guess he would want to throw out all working women as well.
He also seems to have some rather unique interpretations of gender roles. In the following quote, link, you can see how women (as opposed to men, I guess) can achieve salvation. Tomorrow we will expand even more on this topic.
“Women will be saved by going back to that role that God has chosen for them. Ladies, if the hair on the back of your neck stands up it is because you are fighting your role in the scripture.”
First, what is the utter nonsense about women being saved by “going back to the role God has chosen for them?” I thought women (as well as men) are saved by Jesus? Does this guy read the New Testament or is he too busy watching the Mariners?
To what role is he referring? The farmer’s wife who worked in the fields during harvest? The women who supported the early church with their money? How about the Proverbs 31 woman? Perhaps a little history lesson is in order.
Ben Witherington, Professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary comments on this video at his blog on Belief Net. We have included a small excerpt. Please go to this link for the full commentary. http://blog.beliefnet.
“There is in fact nothing in Titus 2, that justifies the way Mark Driscoll and his wife use that text to repristinize patriarchy. The Bible says nothing about women needing to ‘stay at home’ while dad goes out and ‘makes a living and provides for the family’. This whole way of envisioning the social situation is post-Biblical. Both the husband and wife worked in and out of the home or on the land in antiquity. There was no such division of labor of women in doors and men out doors or men away at some factory and women at home. There was no industrial revolution yet, there were no factories, and all work was local, and mostly on one’s own or one’s neighbor’s land, unless one was an artisan in which case, both parents worked in and out of the home. So Driscoll has totally misread the Biblical social situation and how it worked. Look for example at the book of Ruth. Where do we find the women working? They are in the fields— work outside the house etc.
On a day to day basis it was more likely to be the wife and slaves who ran the family store front business, while the husband ran around making contacts, playing games, eating with friends and the like. If you want to read about daily life in places like Rome, Ephesus and elsewhere in Paul’s day, and begin to understand the actual family structure and roles, read the delightful book ‘A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome’ by Alberto Angela. If you want detailed exegesis of Titus 2 and the rest of the Pastorals, see my Letters and Homilies for Hellenized Christians Vol. One (InterVarsity Press). For all his touting of being faithful to the Word of God, and I am sure he is trying to do so, it’s clear Mark Driscoll, at least in this case, has not bothered to study it in its original historical contexts, and instead has chosen to read into the text modern conservative patriarchy, an all too common practice in conservative Christian circles. The irony is, despite his castigating the ways of the larger culture of today, in fact what he has done is anachronistically read a certain kind of modern Christian culture back into Titus, when in fact the family situation Paul is addressing is far different from his own.”
TWW thinks that Mark Driscoll needs to spend a heckuva lot more time studying Scripture instead of scoreboards. His viewpoints reflect a ho-hum literalism that does a grave injustice to the context of the text. However, there is something that is even more worrisome than his superficial treatment of Scripture. We’ll talk about this tomorrow.
We have received a number of emails regarding the developments in the Ken Ham saga. We plan to discuss these on Thursday. Is there a Christian version of karma?
Lydia's Corner: Deuteronomy 29:1-30:20 Luke 11:37-12:7 Psalm 78:1-31 Proverbs 12:19-20