Brother Maynard Weirds Me Out

kinnon —  September 29, 2007 — 6 Comments

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.)

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

6 responses to Brother Maynard Weirds Me Out

  1. You just can’t make stuff up like this.

    If reading the people referenced make you a heretic… I am a class A heretic… not sure I’m going to get the book, I’ll wait till I read a few reviews.

  2. The one important point you are missing here is that the book is based off a sermons he did last year with the same title “Vintage Jesus.” In it he used quotes by Tyson, Homer Simpson, Madona, Kanye West, and others to highlight how everyone has a view on Jesus, and what the world thinks of him. Therefore you rock throwing at glass house comment just does not hold up. Just thought I would let you know since you seemed in a rush to find a fault with him.

  3. You are blogging from my Mom’s house though.

  4. Liam, that’s funny!

    Tom, laugh, okay? This illustrates the point, which is the point. Mark’s comments deprived these men of the idea that explanation of their intent may set their beliefs in his “good books.” The statements on the book website don’t have the context of the whole book, but they’re within his control… and it offers “insights” from a list of people that includes Jesus, Gandhi, Hugh Heffner, and others. The whole thing is quoted, follow the links to see it yourself. Then too, I don’t think Tony’s comments are as surprising as Mark’s use of them. Again, laugh. Smile, wink, whatever.

    My mom stayed living with my dad when I left home a couple decades ago, but I’m posting from my hot wife’s house.

  5. I think I’ll wait for the movie. If there isn’t one, there needs to be one. Life of Brian – 21st century Redux.
    Or, a PBS series like the one Steve Allen used to do where he had historical characters sitting around a table chatting. Imagine Nietzsche, the porn star, Jack Bauer and Jesus talking about Reformed/Emergent ecclesiology.
    I guess we’ve entered the absurdist era in the church. Makes a point. Leads nowhere. Sure is entertaining, sort of …

  6. Tom,
    There’s no rush to find fault with MD. Rather more of a slow burn over an extended period of time.

    My father had an expression which I’ve used with my kids. It’s “put brain in gear before opening mouth”. Mark shoots from the lip a lot more than necessary and it detracts mightily from his gifting as a church planter and leader. Please note his own apologies for the times he has done this in the past and note also the fact that he has publicly gone after people (not just their arguments) in ad hominem attacks. These attacks appear more testosterone-driven than they do spoken from a desire to bring correction to the Body of Christ.

    I’ll loan you my copy when I’m done with it.

    Too Funny!

    Absurdest indeed.



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