Mark Driscoll Steps Down

Mark Driscoll is one of the most authentic voices in ministry today. His raw approach to teaching and preaching is an absolute virtue and uniquely winsome in stark contrast to the  spineless- corrupt- cowardly- compromised  “preachers” so prevalent in American churches today. Simply put, I  love and respect ole Mark. He’s a man, a real man and one worthy of emulation.

Yes he is sin-fluenced. Yes he is flawed. Yes he is imperfect. Yes he is controversial. But as a representative of Christ, he openly confesses and publicly repents more than any I have ever seen  in my 40+ years of Kingdom Life.

In my personal and professional opinion, the Acts 29 leadership perpetrated a horrible injustice against Mark and the congregation of Mars Hill Church. They appear to have flagrantly disregarded gospel centered imperatives mandating  principles of due process, relational integrity, and character-based covenant loyalty for a more cowardly approach of devising and sending a letter  while Mark was on vacation with his family. Seems the biblical  approach  would have been to time-consuming, mentally fatiguing, emotional draining and relationally exhausting. In short, God’s way would have just been “too hard”.

Pastor Tony Warriner nails it when he says that the issues coming out are  “mostly connected to the  unique DNA of Pastor Mark and the church he leads. Sure, there’s cons to the whole approach, but so it is with any specific way of expressing local church. Yes, he’s out there, a little edgy. BUT. We need him to be that way. He is in so many ways exactly what the church needs for this season…Taming Mark would be a terrible tragedy.”

But alas, Mark Driscoll comes back from vacation and in charactered fashion, Mark steps up by publicly announcing he will step down for a season. I love this response John Piper tweeted:

  @JohnPiper I hope Mark Driscoll feels a tidal wave of hope-filled prayer for a new day and a new man in this season. 

Michael Gungor Defects From Orthodoxy-Nick Jonas From Purity

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Recently, reported Nicholas Jonas is preparing to release a “racy”  music video in which he decries his years of being “trapped” in the chaste character of the  Jonas Brothers.  In 2012, Nick Jonas came out in support of homosexuality during an interview with The Advocate, stating that he never had a problem with the lifestyle.

World Magazine now reports that Dove-award winning artist and Worship leader Michael Gungor—is defecting from a biblically defined Christianity. Seems he began questioning his long-held “truth” beliefs somewhere in 2012 and has eventuated into the wasteland of unbelief.

President Obama, You Have Crossed a Dangerous, Unprecedented Line!

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In response to President Obama’s controversial executive order this week, Dr. Michael Brown  wrote a letter that included this warning,” President Obama, You Have Crossed a Dangerous, Unprecedented Line“.

Dear Mr. President,

I write to you today as a concerned citizen of our great nation, standing as a witness against your historic actions on the morning of July 21, 2014, actions which I hope you will one day repudiate with deep remorse and regret.

I am referring, of course, to your signing an executive order Monday banning “discrimination” by federal contractors against LGBT people, allowing for no religious exemptions of any kind.

This was an outrageous act of discrimination against religion in the name of anti-discrimination—an act of bullying people of faith in the name of the prevention of bullying.

How can you, as a man who professes to be a person of faith and a follower of Jesus, throw religious Americans—in particular Christians—under the bus?

How can you attempt to force Christians, Jews, Muslims and others to violate fundamental aspects of their moral codes in order to appease a small but powerful special interest group, one that is not, in fact, suffering daily economic hardship by being fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation or expression?

Have you forgotten entirely that our nation was founded on the concept of religious freedom?

It was unfortunate that you did not reflect on the recent Supreme Court decisions that made clear that you and your administration have consistently overstepped your bounds. Instead, once again, you bypassed the will of the people, as reflected in their elected officials, and simply made a decision affecting millions of Americans.

Worse still, you ignored the appeals of trusted religious leaders, some of whom campaigned for you in the past and others of whom have been among your trusted advisors, deciding instead to side with radical LGBT activism.

These leaders made a righteous and reasonable appeal to you, writing, “Mr. President, you have spoken eloquently of your commitment to protecting religious liberty, our nation’s first freedom. As you seek to promote the rights of LGBT persons, please also protect the rights of faith-based organizations that simply desire to utilize staffing practices consistent with their deep religious convictions as they partner with the federal government via contracting or subcontracting.”

In response, you mocked these “deep religious convictions,” and there are no words you can say to minimize the seriousness of your actions.

Mr. President, what was wrong with letting Congress make an informed decision on ENDA? Do you scorn the political process so much that you bypass it entirely?

You stated that, “I’m going to do what I can, with the authority I have, to act,” but the implications of your actions are massive.

An organization like Prison Reform, which utilizes federal funds to help transform the lives of inmates, would suffer dramatic financial setbacks should they simply refuse to hire individuals who violate their time-proven, biblically based code of conduct.

Children supported by World Vision, with the help of federal funds, would be deprived of food and shelter unless World Vision leaders compromised their Christian convictions. (After much soul searching this year, they have made clear that they will not compromise).

Fine Christian universities, which provide important academic and ethical training for the next generation of leaders and which are also the recipients of federal funding, could suffer a massive blow unless they forsake the faith on which their institutions were built.

Mr. President, must you now even take the place of God and tell Christians what they can and cannot actively practice?

I concur with Peter Sprigg who wrote that, “This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and, expose those employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts.”

In truth, this is not a civil rights issue, as if gay were the new black. As Catholic leader Austin Ruse observed, “the LGBTs are the most powerful aggrieved minority the world has ever known,” while, in contrast, “Black Americans really were aggrieved: enslaved, not allowed to vote, discriminated against in housing, banking and much else, hunted down and lynched.”

As our nation’s first African-American president, you must surely see the difference. Or is it true, as your critics claim, that you really intend to declare war on religion in America?

It is one thing to treat all people fairly, be they male or female, gay or straight, young or old. It is another thing to trample religious freedoms under foot and to attempt to coerce, with the full force of the government, men and women of deep religious faith and commitment.

Mr. President, there are millions of Americans who pray for you on a regular basis, and I have often called on my radio listeners to pray that you would be the greatest president in American history.

Despite those prayers, you took it upon yourself to enact an order which declares that, in the workplace, sexual rights trump religious rights. What a terrible, tragic shame.

I do pray for you, sir, as my president, that God would grant you the humility to recognize the error of your ways. At the same time, I assure you that there are countless thousands of Christian leaders and people of faith who will neither abandon their convictions nor be silenced from articulating those convictions.

And so, perhaps, in God’s providence, what you intended as a religious restriction will become the impetus for a religious awakening.

After all, you might well be the most powerful human being on the planet, but we will all bow down one day before the throne of God, and He will have the final say.

Michael Brown is author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience. Follow him at AskDrBrown on Facebook or at @drmichaellbrown on Twitter.

God’s Justice Through Israeli Vengeance

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As Israel mourns the death of three young men,   I  am praying for the Israeli government to employ every means of their God-given authority to function in the capacity of  “common grace servants”  to  exact retributive  justice  upon the evil doers  who are guilty of these murders. 

Paul the Apostle framed it like  this in Romans 13:

“Governing authorities  have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God himself has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.

For rulers hold terror for those who do evil….because rulers have been given the sword to execute punishment upon evil doers and in doing so, they are acting as God’s agents  of divine wrath.” 
May it be so Lord!




The Role of A Father!

The “Courageous” movie gives us a great illustration of 1 Corinthians 16:3 when amplified to speak to  our fathering role:

“Be courageous in your role of being a father, stand firm in the faith, strongly act like men! “

N.T. Wright On Gay Marriage

N. T. Wright—has been hailed by Time as “one of the most formidable figures in Christian thought”. Christianity Today recently published an article saying, “He is the most prolific biblical scholar in a generation. Some say he is the most important apologist for the Christian faith since C. S. Lewis.”

In this interview with J. John, Wright was asked what he thought of  legislation that redefines marriage. In his wise and scholarly response, Wright explains why nature, history and biblical narrative necessitates complementarity of the sexes as essential to the very identity and reality of  God’s intent in the Genesis of marriage.

He speaks forthrightly in his concluding statement. “…I think it’s a nonsense. It’s like a government voting that black should be white. Sorry, you can vote that if you like, you can pass it by a total majority, but it isn’t actually going to change the reality of marriage.

Tullian Tchividjian Apologizes For Undermining The Gospel

stories_tullian-tchividjianMany were troubled by the way Pastor Tullian recently framed his public departure from TGC .  However, this refreshing confession  promotes a great example for us all.


“Tullian Tchividjian apologized on Friday [May 30] for his “very public ‘break-up'” with The Gospel Coalition (TGC), drawing praise from Russell Moore who connected the social media spat to the recent World Vision controversy.

“This conflict has ‘given the world the justification they’re looking for to disbelieve the gospel,'” wrote Tchividjian, citing Francis Schaeffer’s warning on public divisions among Christians, “and I am sorry for my contribution to this conflict.”

Among the reflections shared by the Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church pastor on his personal blog:

I said some things in haste, both publicly and privately, that I regret. I never want anything I say to be a distraction from the mind-blowing good news of the gospel and last week I did. I got in the way. When you feel the need to respond to criticism, it reveals how much you’ve built your identity on being right. I’m an idolater and that came out last week. Because Jesus won for you, you’re free to lose…and last week I fought to win. I’m sorry you had to see that. Lord have mercy…

Tchividjian also affirmed his friendship with TGC co-founder Tim Keller, and emphasized that TGC and his Liberate ministry are “on the same team” because “the harvest is ripe enough for well-meaning brothers and sisters to agree to disagree.”

C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris Resign The Gospel Coalition

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Pastors C. J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris have resigned from the council of The Gospel Coalition (TGC) after aharris252c2bjoshua former youth leader was convicted of sexually abusing three boys at the flagship church of Sovereign Grace Ministries (SGM).

The conviction has renewed debate over how much SGM pastors knew about abuse allegations in their church network, and whether or not they dissuaded victims from reporting abuse to the authorities. In May 2013, a judge dismissed a class-action lawsuit against SGM based on the statute of limitations having expired. (An appeal will be heard in early June.) Meanwhile, Al Mohler and other TGC leaders explained why they hadn’t publicly addressed the controversy surrounding Mahaney.”