Hour of Power

you have got to check out Mark Driscoll wearing a tie and preaching the Gospel to the crowd in the Crystal Cathedral on the Hour of Power.

Resurgence blog post about it here.

Direct link to video here.

transcript here.

Think about the message that Mark is bringing in the forum managed by Dr. Robert Schuller. Maybe spend some time with Michael Horton’s 1992 interview with Dr. Schuller here or here to get a feel for how amazing it is that Mark Driscoll got the chance to bring this message in this forum.

small sample of the interview but please go read the whole thing. (MH=Michael Horton, RS=Robert Schuller)

MH: But isn’t it because faith is the instrument through which we’re justified before a God who otherwise would take account of us for our sins, not just our “not trusting…”

RS: We are not justified by faith.
MH: No, it is by grace through faith.

RS: By grace through faith, that’s right.
MH: But what I’m asking is this. Justified from what? The wrath of God?

RS: Oh! I’ll never use that language
MH: But the Bible does.

RS: Yes, the Bible does, but the Bible is God’s book to believers primarily. Listen, and then call me a heretic if you want to, but I’m interested in attracting people, and not driving them farther away. There is language I can and will use and there are times, if we are wise, there is language we will not use….If God is a God of love, how do we handle this concept of wrath? At the outset, on the surface, it appears to be a contradiction; maybe it is. I tell you this, I have come to the conclusion that I haven’t stepped into the center of truth until I’ve dared to step into contradiction. The Bible is a contradiction: Old Testament–Law, New Testament–Grace. Jesus is a contradiction; totally human and totally God.

MH: Of course we would say that that the dual nature of Christ is a mystery but not a contradiction.
RS: It is a contradiction, but you know what? Contradictions are ultimate points of creativity…

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