Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What's a macho dude like Mark thinking by wearing a Mickey Mouse T Shirt. Seems more like something Richard Simmons would wear.

Gosh, I just found a totally enlightening piece about Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seatle's Mars Hill mega congregation. Pope Benedict may want to start his new inquisition with this particular ex Catholic. To wet your appetite for more about Mark, I offer his insight into how contemporary churches portray Jesus:

"God called Driscoll to preach to men — particularly young men — to save them from an American Protestantism that has emasculated Christ and driven men from church pews with praise music that sounds more like boy-band ballads crooned to Jesus than “Onward Christian Soldiers.” What bothers Driscoll — and the growing number of evangelical pastors who agree with him — is not the trope of Jesus-as-lover. After all, St. Paul tells us that the Church is the bride of Christ. What really grates is the portrayal of Jesus as a wimp, or worse. Paintings depict a gentle man embracing children and cuddling lambs. Hymns celebrate his patience and tenderness. The mainstream church, Driscoll has written, has transformed Jesus into “a Richard Simmons, hippie, queer Christ,” a “neutered and limp-wristed popular Sky Fairy of pop culture that . . . would never talk about sin or send anyone to hell.”"

Here's the full article from the NY Times Magazine. Imagine Mark's take on women.


  1. This guy wearing the Mickey Mouse shirt reminds me of "meat head" of the infamous show All In The Family.

  2. Meathead doing an imitation of Archie maybe.

  3. It's been a while since I've watched All in the Family, but the guy wearing the Mickey Mouse shirt still reminds me of meat head, perhaps of the sort of character that changed into being like an Archie Bunker when he got older.