Mark Driscoll And Jeremy Clarkson: A Blog From The Brits

Mark Driscoll
. Jeremy Clarkson. Separated at birth? By the evidence of Driscoll’s latest rant, maybe. If they ever make an American religious version of Top Gear, he’s your man. And I mean ‘man’.

His response to the furore is fascinating. You can’t comment on the blog post. What’s the matter, Mark? Are you afraid those cowardly Brits will beat you up online?

He didn’t like the aggressive line of questioning from the journalist. Can I just say the words ‘pot, ‘kettle’ and ‘black’, Mr Driscoll? I thought you liked men to be aggressive.

And he accuses the journalist of being liberal, because – amongst other things – he doesn’t believe in hell as a place of conscious, eternal torment. So, would you have been man enough to call John Stott a liberal to his face in his lifetime for his annihilationist views, pal?

As for bemoaning the lack of famous young British Bible teachers, please don’t get sucked into celebrity culture: a preacher can choose in ambition between making Jesus famous and making themselves famous. You can’t go for both. If God raises you up to prominence, fine. But that’s God’s business, not yours or mine.

Some wonder whether we should take Mark Driscoll seriously. Part of me would like to think of him as Christian comedy, the same way I laugh at Jeremy Clarkson, but not with him. However, ask in any school playground whether you should take bullies seriously. Because this kind of accusation amounts to bullying.

Most of all, what sticks in my throat is the way I see the word ‘Pastor’ in front of his name all the time. It’s Pastor Mark this, it’s, and so on. What exactly is pastoral about this behaviour? We all slip. I do. But Driscoll has been called out as a bully before, and his elders have taken him to task. I think it’s time for a repeat. And a look at why this kind of behaviour keeps recurring.

About Dave Faulkner

I'm a British Methodist minister, married with two children. I blog from a moderate evangelical-missional-charismatic perspective, with an interest in the 'missional' approach. My interests include Web 2.0, digital photography, contemporary music and watching football (Tottenham Hotspur) and cricket.

Posted on January 13, 2012, in ministry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I wasn’t aware of this most recent thing, but I hope you know most, if not practically all, Americans hold no ill toward British pastors. I certainly don’t. Guys like Mark Driscoll talk a big game, but they need to meet a bigger man sometime on a side road. It might not be right, but strong men handle themselves well, and they don’t like people who don’t back up what they say.


    • Don’t worry, Dan, I wouldn’t tar all Americans with the same brush. Far from it. I have so much to appreciate about many American Christians (including Will, the other commenter here, BTW) as well as yourself. So much of the best reading I find comes from the States these days. Driscoll is what we would call a ‘loose cannon’, however, and like any improperly deployed explosive causes damage. We have loose cannons here, too, but this one particularly affected us Brits for obvious reasons.


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