I have not been shy about querying whether Seattle had anything to do with Lynchburg. Mark Driscoll showing up on campus at Liberty University may be one of the most shocking events within evangelicalism thus far in the 21st century >>>
So, how did Driscoll not only get invited to Liberty University's Vines Center to speak at convocation as well as hold a Real Marriage seminar on Liberty Mountain? According to a Washington Post story published last fall, Vice President Johnnie Moore, Jr. appears to be the one in charge of all convocation speakers who receive an invitation to speak at LU. In the article "Liberty University's Johnnie Moore speaks the language of young evangelicals" by Michelle Boorstein, it is said:
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m., more than 10,000 students pour into the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., to hear top-line musical worship performances and talks by the likes of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and the Rev. Rick Warren, all recent speakers.
Liberty’s “convocation” is the largest regular gathering of young evangelicals in the country. And the guy who picks who speaks is Johnnie Moore, a charismatic campus preacher and Liberty vice president who at 28 is becoming a heavy-hitter in the world of conservative Christianity.
Boorstein goes on to suggest Moore joined Thomas Road Baptist Church in his teens and not long after was noticed by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., (then) Pastor of Thomas Road church and Chancellor at LU:
Moore quickly became Falwell’s protege. When Moore got to Liberty a few years later, Falwell made him a campus pastor within two years and soon a school spokesman. Moore often traveled with Falwell around the world as his assistant until Falwell’s death in 2007.
Today, Moore is not only a vice president of the 12,500-person campus but the best-known of a half-dozen campus pastors, the one who leads Sunday student services. He also heads the thrice-weekly convocation and directs a 17-person department that sends Liberty students around the world on missions.
In addition, the young Moore is routinely the "only 20-something in the room at small meetings called by old-line Christian conservative leaders" like Tony Perkins, James Robison, and Rick Tyler who abruptly quit the Newt Gingrich campaign in June, 2011 only to show back up in the Iowa caucuses to work again. Apparently, Tyler thought he could help Gingrich's vanishing chances of being president by assisting him to get block votes from evangelical Christians. And, according to Boorstein, Tyler insisted on contracting Moore to help Gingrich win young millennials similarly to the way Obama won their support--social networking--not to mention learning the language of "opportunity" and "causes" to which millennials apparently are prone.
Johnnie Moore, Jr. is also the author of Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe (Harvest House Publsihers, $13.99), a book purporting to confront hypocrisy in the Christian church.
Hence, I suspect we need look no further as to who invited and/or recommended Mark Driscoll to Liberty University.
With that, I am...