Since I apparently have too much time on my hands today to stay out of trouble, I will update you on the latest controversy surrounding Mark Driscoll and his video at the National Church Planting Conference.
The video can be seen in it’s entirety at Mark’s blog. It speaks for itself.
The main source of controversy from both sides seems to be the comment made by Bill Hybels after the video. I am not going to argue whether Bill Hybels should have said what he did or not.
For the record, this is what Bill Hybels said:
“There are women in this world, and many of them are used by God in church building, and they have spiritual gifts useful in church planting too, just to set the record straight.”
From Mark’s blog:
“Apparently the video was shown at the event, was well received by the attendees, and then criticized by Bill Hybels from the stage because it did not speak of women church planters.”
There is a difference between acknowledging the women in the room and criticizing Mark. I do not see in Bill’s comment that he criticized Mark. Bill’s alleged criticism of Mark is the story that is being repeated by Mark’s defenders.
For the record, Mark’s video has not been banned.
From Mark’s blog:
“I thought we should at least post the banned video online.”
Choosing not to distribute the video is not the same as banning it as Mark claims. I do not know why Mark would choose to use incendiary language in describing this. This is the tone now being repeated by others in inflammatory posts about the incident.
For the record, we know that Mark loves the ladies.
“Sixty percent of all Christians today are female. I’m glad that the ladies love Jesus.” – Mark Driscoll, from the video
I don’t know why Mark is always so misunderstood.