From this mornings’ random act of linkage (internal links in this quote are available @ Brother Maynard’s)
And oh, I didn’t want to stir this up again, but… the guy who at the beginning of the week called a some people heretics because they read or quoted the likes of Borg, Crossan, Chalke, Wilbur, and Rabbinical sources has at the end of the week announced his new book, which is due out in February: Vintage Jesus, a collaboration with Dr. Gerry Breshears.
The chapter titles (which look good) are all questions about Jesus that are clearly framed and organized to lead into solid doctrinal answers on Christology. Quoting now directly from the website, “These questions are answered with insights from people such as Jesus himself, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Friedrich Nietzsche, Martin Luther King Jr., Hugh Hefner, Jack Bauer, Fidel Castro, Oprah, Kanye West, Gandhi, Homer Simpson, Mike Tyson, Gil Grissom, and Madonna, along with some demons and a porn star.” Uh, yeah. Truth is stranger than fiction? Or is that a stone flying this direction from the porch of that glass house over there?
Just to weird you all out, I ordered the book — the first 1,000 people to pre-order will get a 35% discount, an early pdf of the book, and when it ships the book will be signed by the authors. Not a bad marketing strategy, actually. But wait, it gets better. I took a look at the “endorsements” page on the book site. Chuck Colson, J.I. Packer, Wayne Grudem. Yeah, yeah. scroll, scroll…. oh, this is interesting, under the heading “What others are saying about Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church” — “He is uncommonly intelligent. He is uncommonly articulate and humorous.” — Tony Jones, Emergent Village Coordinator. Remember folks, you heard it here first. A strange end to a strange week, I guess!
The use of the Tony Jones endorsement cracks me up. “You mean Driscoll associates with these people?!! Good grief! Light the bonfires, we have some heretic burning to get done.” (That last line was written as humour, puhleeze. It would be a GBA problem, would it not.) And it makes complete sense that Brother Mark would look to Jack Bauer – as he’s the Jack Bauer of reformed conference preaching (if one deigns to call it that).
Please note that I was fully dressed when I posted this…sitting in my home office. My Mom is 52km away. And she hasn’t endorsed this post in any way, shape or form. (She also has no idea who MD is.) [snark reference link]
Oh. I too ordered the book. Now I’m weirding myself out. I may just need more material for my career as a “pajama blogger jihadist who make(s) declarations about how the world should be from the comfy confines of (my) mom’s house“. (See snark link above.)