Hi! Welcome to DriscollWatch! Happy to have you.
To catch you up to speed, I’m a Catholic. Mark Driscoll (the guy who this blog is about) was Catholic when he was younger, but now he is not Catholic. Now he’s the preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, which is where I’m from. I don’t usually pay too much attention to Evangelical Christians, but Mark Driscoll is different. He’s a very talented preacher and his Church is growing by leaps and bounds. That doesn’t bother me at all. What does bother me, however, is that at times he lures people into his Church by lying about what Catholicism is and what Catholicism does. So, I started this blog to set the record straight on what it is my Church teaches.
And its been fun! There have been good comments, some nice emails, some not nice emails, and lots of interesting search terms people have used to find this. A common theme is, “Catholic response to Driscoll” or something like that. I get a couple like that a week.
Recently, Mars Hill began a sermon series on one of my favorite books of the Bible: The Acts of the Apostles. Some of the social media updates sent out by Driscoll and company are… a little combative. It seems – just seems – like he’s going for the Catholic jugular here. My hunch is that as the series continues, I’m going to get more hits on the blog.
I’d love to pay close attention to this series… but I can’t. I’m in the process of moving, and its a pretty big move. I’ve been busy for weeks preparing and will continue to be busy for weeks in the future. So… don’t expect a post about this series unless its completely egregious.
In the meantime, if anyone lurking has any questions about the material from a Catholic perspective I’d be happy to answer questions. Just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. It might take me a little while to get back to you, but I will respond. I would especially like to invite you to email me if you’re a Catholic (currently or formerly) who had an experience like Mark Driscoll who described it thusly:
I was raised—some of you know my story—Roman Catholic. I thought, OK, church is very formal. You kneel and sit and stand and genuflect, and an old—like, very old—person has to be the preacher. He’s this close to Jesus, so he knows the most, you know? And that church was supposed to be not very exciting, not very enthusiastic, not super passionate. I stopped going to church when I was in my teen years.
If this describes you then I want to help you get excited for our amazing, wonderful Catholic Church. So email me so we can talk!