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 Christianpost.com 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?

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…

Amazon

The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity – Hipster Christianity: Where Church and Cool Collide

The below was taken from Vicky Beechings’ Blog, I read it and thought it fitted in quite well here…

The Perils of ‘Wannabe Cool’ Christianity

By BRETT MCCRACKEN

‘How can we stop the oil gusher?” may have been the question of the summer for most Americans. Yet for many evangelical pastors and leaders, the leaking well is nothing compared to the threat posed by an ongoing gusher of a different sort: Young people pouring out of their churches, never to return.

As a 27-year-old evangelical myself, I understand the concern. My peers, many of whom grew up in the church, are losing interest in the Christian establishment.

Recent statistics have shown an increasing exodus of young people from churches, especially after they leave home and live on their own. In a 2007 study, Lifeway Research determined that 70% of young Protestant adults between 18-22 stop attending church regularly.

Statistics like these have created something of a mania in recent years, as baby-boomer evangelical leaders frantically assess what they have done wrong (why didn’t megachurches work to attract youth in the long term?) and scramble to figure out a plan to keep young members engaged in the life of the church.

Increasingly, the “plan” has taken the form of a total image overhaul, where efforts are made to rebrand Christianity as hip, countercultural, relevant. As a result, in the early 2000s, we got something called “the emerging church”—a sort of postmodern stab at an evangelical reform movement. Perhaps because it was too “let’s rethink everything” radical, it fizzled quickly. But the impulse behind it—to rehabilitate Christianity’s image and make it “cool”—remains.
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