Mar 312014
 

thinking_man_ape_wood_3d_sculpture_thinker_think-480x3251. Some commentators are writing that Mark Driscolls ministry career is necessarily over with all the scandals and the testimonies of so many former associates.

Not so.

 

Long time readers will remember the national firestorm around Skip Heitzig a few years ago.

He was excoriated in the local and national press, former associates spoke against him, and I was reporting almost daily on the situation.

Naturally, he hired a PR firm…

By some accounts, the church lost half of its enormous membership.

They’re back now.

He simply ignored the critics (other than releasing some well crafted PR statements), weathered the storm, and is now in an even greater position of power.

The people have the king they desire.

They always will.

2. The thing that scares me most about Driscoll is the knowledge that I probably would have done worse…

3. The moment I perceive myself as something greater than “one beggar telling other beggars where he found bread’ is the moment I become a self justifying Pharisee.

4. “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18 ESV) Obviously, someone needs to inform Jesus that the situation is far more dire than He was aware of… or maybe we should be convinced He’s able to keep His promise.

5. I’d rather see “Capt. America 2” than “Noah”…. I read the “spoilers” on “Noah” when I was three…

6. Find a reason, any reason…to rejoice today. Rejoicing is a choice and enough choices become a habit. Despair is a choice as well… 

7. I don’t watch much baseball anymore but Opening Day is still the real beginning of the New Year for me…

8. The story that has been almost completely ignored in the World Vision brawls is the incredible amount of good that the church finances all over the world…

9. While  Jesus did say that the world would hate us, He was also pretty clear that we weren’t allowed to reciprocate…

10. If I believe the gates of hell are already defeated, if the end of the book is true, if Jesus is really Lord…then I can rest in that with joy, without fear, and with a willingness to risk all the love He commands. If I don’t really believe that… then the joy is replaced with anger and fear and an enemies list. I believe, help my unbelief…

  20 Responses to “Things I Think”

  1. Driscoll is real resilient by personality and he will overcome even without a PR firm.

  2. I don’t know why people are upset with the Noah movie. Can’t someone just make a movie the way they want? Can’t it just be Noah in name and general theme only and then just be a good ass kicking action film?? (I haven’t seen it because I am saving my money for Rio 2 April 11th.)

    If you go back and watch the biblical classics from 50 – 60 yrs ago (10 commandments etc)
    You would gasp at the theology.

  3. Alan Hawkins wrote a great article about the movie on Facebook…
    http://on.fb.me/1gHSjbt

  4. I was trying to imagine the nightmare of doing a biblically accurate portrayal of Moses. This caricature of Aranofsky’s would never begin to match the maelstrom that would result from a pursuit of accuracy.

    I mean, the sex, the bloated bodies, the perversion, the age, the strange set of circumstances created by just attempting to interpret what prompted God to kill off humanity.

    I was actually intrigued by the line of reasoning that led Aranofsky’s Noah to ponder finishing the job and killing off his own family. I thought it was not so far fetched and I thought his struggle to hear from God was realistic.

    People try way to hard to protect the Bible from itself.

  5. Make that a biblically accurate portrayal of Noah through Moses writings.

  6. Alan,

    I thought you added much to the discussion…that most don’t want to consider.
    Well done.

  7. But I had the same issues with The Last Temptation of Christ – what was all the fuss & trouble with that one. Wasn’t Jesus tempted like all of us?

    I think what it is that those christians who do not talk to others about their faith are counting on Hollywood to get the right message communicated to unbelievers.

    I would rather have the controversy, and have people come to me to see if it was right – so I can say “if they can’t get WW2 right, why would you expect them to get the Bible right. Now let me tell you a story.

  8. Christians are tough movie critics…as tough as we are on each others theological positions…nothing is ever accurate enough nor is entertainment an option.

    I’ll never forget the glares and disgust on the faces of those in line for the Passion of the Christ because I bought a large popcorn and coke. 😉

  9. I honestly haven’t given the film much thought.
    Movies are too expensive for us…and Noah simply can’t compete with Captain America if I can afford it. 🙂

  10. Has the Jewish community taken issue with the Noah movie?? After all it is their story.

  11. I never saw Passion – the previews looked to dark and some of the characters looked creepy.

  12. #8 over and over and over again.
    For all the pot-shotting at the well deserved rank hypocrisy, lost in all that is the point you made at #8. It cannot be said enough.
    All the reform folks who want to eliminate tax exempt and want a survival of the fittest for all non profits, understand that the State will always underwrite what they find worthy and that is a dangerous proposition.
    I have visited orphanages in the 3rd world run by one woman, maybe two or three people taking care of 40 kids, sponsored by 30 churches all made up of less than 75 people. That story is told over and over and over again. It’s not just the big name Christian orgs that are doing the heavy lifting. Some of the heaviest lifting is being done by folks whose names we’ll never know until Heaven.

    In tossing the bathwater, this is a most precious baby that must be preserved, praised, promoted and replicated.

  13. Rob,

    You’re right and the complete lack of recognition of all this disturbs me far more than the issue that started the mess in the first place.
    I think of Pastor Galvan in Juarez…operating the only asylum in town by faith and a few people who care…purely because he loves Jesus and broken people.
    I think of my friend in New Mexico who with his church and a few others brought life to a village in Mexico where the danger is unreal.
    We need the big organizations because of the scope of the need…but everywhere I look, it’s Christians carrying the load.

  14. Amen to 12 and 13 (Rob and Michael!)

  15. I found the recent quote from the director of Noah to be interesting. He said it was “the most unbiblical, biblical movie ever made” – I appreciate that honesty.

    I also found it interesting that the studio marketing the film has apparently gotten so many complaints that they now are including an actual disclaimer specifically pointing to the artistic license used and telling people the source material can be found in the book of Genesis.

    Makes me wonder how many people will read Genesis solely because of that disclaimer….

  16. I recall protests and such over other movies. They run their course and the subject soon changes to other things and before you know it it’s on netflix.

    I may dislike how our faith is depicted but what am I to expect in this day and age? If some are outraged then I’m fine with that as this is our faith being attacked. It’s not lost on me other faiths get a pass as it would be not PC to attack them in this manner.

    I reserve my anger and disappointment for christians who choose to make our god into a fiction.

  17. The movie “Noah” was a great mash-up with apologies to The Lord of the Rings.

    As a graphic designer I was appalled that the opening texts looked like they were done by TBN.

    Within the first few minutes it was clear that this was going to be a fantasy story loosely, VERY LOOSELY based on the Genesis story.
    Rock Nephilim? Okaaaay.
    Special magic seeds from Eden?
    The animals didn’t have any color.

    Too bad the scriptwriters left off Noah’s sons’ wives. It would have been a far more compelling story.

    The visuals during Noah’s retelling of creation were excellent.

    Noah had the mentality of a suicide bomber, an executioner for God. That was crappy.

    I read a review that the thing that was sorely missing in Noah’s story is the fact that he didn’t wrestle with God the way Lot and Abraham did, that God wants His people to have “moxy”.

    It will be viewed as an epic.

  18. Awesome ThIT. You have a special gift.

    3. The moment I perceive myself as something greater than “one beggar telling other beggars where he found bread …. Indeed. The four lepers ….

    8. … incredible amount of good that the church finances …. Here here

    10. … rest in that with joy, without fear, and with a willingness to risk all …. Zakly

  19. Things I Think #11
    The Church has got to stop given time and place to crazy people. What is their 2nd Pentecost going to accomplish that the 1st missed?

    http://www.charismanews.com/world/43325-is-the-world-ready-for-a-second-pentecost-outpouring

  20. I saw the movie Noah last Sunday. My ramblings…

    Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
    Genesis 3:21

    God kills the first two creatures to obtain their skins for clothing. Man then continues I would assume to obtain skins for clothing.

    The version of Noah in this movie has an aversion to such killing. He is vegetarian.

    Ostensibly therefore God is evil in the movie Noah for killing animals.

    The villian Tubal-cain kills animals in the movie.

    God likes humankind clothed.

    Jesus clothed this man after setting him free from demonic possession:

    Mark 5:15
    And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had the legion, sitting, and clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

    Poor Noah.
    After the Flood, God pronounces that we can eat meat.

    Genesis 9:3
    Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

    Tubal-cain eats animals.

    Like Michael, I love a good steak.

    I enjoyed the movie, knowing full well that it was a movie, not scripture.

    They did ok.

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