Controversial Pastor, Mark Driscoll, teams up with two prominent Southern Baptist academics in back-to-back conferences next month. The first one, Plant & Thrive, held on the campus of Vintage 21 Church, Raleigh, NC, features two tracks: one for potential new church starters and one for church planters (1-4 years).
Admittedly, the itinerary looks appealing. However, that at least two prominent Southern Baptist educators are teaming with Driscoll appears, at least to me, a bit of an oddity. I'll explain that in a moment.
Another conference is worth noting: The 2009 20/20 Collegiate Conference sponsored by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Again, Mark Driscoll is a keynote, along with at least one other prominent Southern Baptist.
Now for the oddity.
It stands as no secret that Driscoll is a firebrand among evangelicals. One of his "claims to fame" is his apparent penchant for the proverbial sailor's cussing habit. His friend, Don Miller, author of the best selling book, Blue Like Jazz, a staple diet among emergent/emerging Christians, was first to dub Driscoll "the Cussing Pastor" (p.134).
Perhaps even more stiring is the estimation of John MacArthur. In a Christianity Today online article penned by Colin Hansen, the author describes Dr. MacArthur's take on the controversial pastor now partnering with Southern Baptists:
For me, I do not at all think oddity is an improper description to call this curious liaison.
With that, I am...