Pastor Mark Goes To Strange Fire

When a pastor goes to a conference to publicize their book, they get their book confiscated? Maybe.

The story starts with Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in America taking a trip to The Strangefire Conference and tweeting:

Ok. Nothing particularly noteworthy about that, but… awhile later he then tweets…

Which prompts the following from Mike Riccardi, the local pastor at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles who seems to be at the Strange Fire conference posting the following on Facebook: Driscoll-Strangefire Alright. So far this is looking like either a publicity stunt, a spat between two Christian organisations with different theology, or really bad communication? With that in mind has found a tweet, that suggests this whole thing may just be a joke:


I’m confused.

If it is a Joke… any idea what the punchline is?
If its some theological spat and the books were confiscated… whats going to happen to those books?

What would you do with a load of unwanted Christian books?

When the vicar visits. The Checklist.

church Sofa

For some random reason, you have the vicar coming to visit, and if The Simpsons have taught us anything, he’s not a normal house guest. He’s the vicar!

So what do you need to do to bring your house upto scratch? Check our “Vicar coming to visit” checklist, to make sure everything is done.

  1. Give the place a quick clean. Actually quite nice to do this anyway.
  2. Open a Bible, leave it open somewhere.
  3. Christian music. Something recognizable, Graham Kendrick would probably do.
  4. Christian music not option? Stick something gentle on in the background. Classic FM would do.
  5. Hide the Harry Potter DVDs.
  6. Hide the empty wine / beer / vodka / whiskey / miscellaneous alcohol bottles.
  7. Get out the nice biscuits
  8. Make sure the book shelf has the “Christian” books at eye level.
  9. No Christian books? Put some nice cookery books on eye level. Maybe put “50 shades of Grey” to one side.
  10. Put a calendar in your lounge, circle each Sunday, and (if they’re released) mark the sermon titles with Bible verses.

Any more that should be included?

The Sixty Minute Marriage

Just a quick note.

And I think I’m talking to husbands / guys in any relationship here.

Do your relationship a favour and read this book.

Granted it took me some 7oish mins, but I’m not a fast reader.

I’m not saying it will transform your relationship, but it may help to spend some time focusing on it for a while.

Now I’m going to disappear and try and work out why I didn’t read this years ago…