Driscoll and the ministry of Mars Hill are interesting and fascinating. Driscoll parted ways with the Emerging Church biggie-leaders (such as Brian McLaren) over theological differences, but still maintains his “cool” and relevant ways of reaching popular culture.
When asked in this interview, “Are young people becoming more sympathetic to Reformed theology?” Driscoll responded,
“The two hot theologies today are Reformed and emerging. Reformed theology offers certainty, with a masculine God who names our sin, crushes Jesus on the Cross for it, and sends us to hell if we fail to repent. Emerging theology offers obscurity, with a neutered God who would not say an unkind word to us, did not crush Jesus for our sins, and would not send anyone to hell. I came to Reformed theology by preaching through books of the Bible such as Exodus, Romans, John, and Revelation, along with continually repenting of my sin. I am, however, a boxers, not briefs, Reformed guy. I am pretty laid back about it and not uptight and tidy like many Reformed guys.”
I enjoyed Driscoll’s comparison of Emerging and Reformed, and so far my heart leans toward a mix of the two. I’m not sure if my idea of this combination jives with Driscoll’s exactly, but I am intrigued by the fact that someone is putting the two together in some biblical fashion (the emerging crowd DOES have interesting observations to make, especially about the “modern” church growth movement and community).
Ron and I have been leaning toward Reformed theology these days, at least the God-is-sovereign-over-all-and-we-exist-to-glorify-Him-brand of Reform theology (not even sure if this is necessarily “Reform,” although the Reform folks I’ve met sure seem to “get it” more than a lot of other Christians I know). I would have to say we fit in the “boxers” category of Reformed thinking, though. We are pretty laid back about it 🙂
As far as church style goes, we really, really enjoy the candles-and-dark-contemplative atmosphere of Sunday morning worship, with quality music and worship-based prayer. Truthfully, liturgy (at least the way we have experienced it) doesn’t seem to hold much promise of personal interaction with God (although the whole idea of corporate worship v. a-bunch-of-individuals-worshiping-in-the-same-room is one to be explored and we are considering this). We are saddened and worried about the “business” side of Churchianity that has been prevalent in our culture for some time now. We also lean towards going back to biblical guidelines for men’s and women’s roles, how church services should be conducted, how church leadership should be set up, ideas on modesty and virtue, multi-generational worship and education and ministry, etc. etc. etc. It is captivating to see how many ideas and tips the Bible holds on modern issues. Funny that God set it up that way, eh?
Well, here’s to all of us sitting back and re-thinking our paradigms of church…it sure can’t hurt to think it all through. I hope you’ll join me on a quest for wisdom and insight in all-things-church. Even knowing we cannot find all the answers, the journey toward truth is a blast.