Archives For September 6, 2011

Recently Matt Chandler preached through fifty verses in one sermon about God’s Self-Centered Glory.  He mentioned he got the list from his mentor, John Piper.

Here is the list from John Piper.

Here is Matt Chandler’s blog post about it.

Here is the sermon by Matt Chandler (it’s dated 8-14-11, titled Village Identity Part 1).

The following is an excerpt from John Piper’s list:

“Probably no text in the Bible reveals the passion of God for his own glory more clearly and bluntly as Isaiah 48:9-11 where God says,

For my name’s sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.

I have found that for many people these words come like six hammer blows to a man-centered way of looking at the world:

For my name’s sake!
For the sake of my praise!
For my own sake!
For my own sake!
How should my name be profaned!
My glory I will not give to another!

What this text hammers home to us is the centrality of God in his own affections. The most passionate heart for the glorification of God is God’s heart. God’s ultimate goal is to uphold and display the glory of his name.”

I am a certified sermon junkie: I probably watch and listen to a dozen hours of sermons per week.
This will be a ten or twelve part blog series of my favorite preachers. Please note that I don’t necessarily endorse all of them or everything they say.
Pictures are taken from random Google searches.

Mark Driscoll
Lead Pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington

Perhaps the quintessential face of the YRR Movement — the Young, Restless, and Reformed — Pastor Mark Driscoll is popular because he’s not. The mainstream think he’s too mainstream and the evangelicals don’t think he’s evangelical. Early in his ministry, he was known as the “cussing pastor.” He stirred up some controversy with the entire Song of Solomon debacle, in which he graphically described oral sex (the sermon has since been removed at the request of many pastors). He has condemned Avatar as a demonic movie, has commended MMA as a legit sport, and has publicly ripped up Joel Osteen. He’s called out video games, yoga, Twilight, The Shack, Oprah, and thirty-year old man-boys. He’s called cessationism “worldly.” He has written the dirtiest book ever about Jesus (Vintage Jesus). Obviously he’s a bold pastor, if a bit brash and brawny. And that voice of his allows him to get away with so many of the things he says.

When I first saw him speak at the Resurgence Conference, it’s easy to tell he loves people and is quite sincere in all he says and does. Some may write him off as a vulgar obscene showman who goes for the shocks, but he does preach total theology without skipping over the fine print. He’ll pause to go over the tenets of faith that may bore people, including the Trinity, sacraments, baptism, stewardship, church membership, church discipline, and every nuance of Jesus’ nature. It’s Driscoll’s hard commitment to the truth that sets him apart from other entertaining preachers. His sermons typically go an hour long because he doesn’t cut the Bible out of the Bible. He preaches the It-is-written. I still can’t believe he writes a sermon in forty-five minutes.

Driscoll is also furiously witty. I thought maybe this was all preprogrammed humor (I usually write my jokes in my sermons and try to make them natural: come on pastors, you do it too), but having watched the Elephant Room DVD with the seven megachurch dudes debating on semi-important things, Driscoll always had a hilarious one-liner that brought the house down. And somehow his jokes always serve the message. He’s a lot more intelligent than his critics will admit.

Despite the hype and hate surrounding him, Driscoll is the real deal. Yes, he can be arrogant. He admits that. Yes, he’s ridiculously Calvinist. He defends it. He says things that many church folk disagree with. He calls it “fighting like brothers.” And he goes for the shocks. I’d say it’s just good preaching.

For sermons from Mark Driscoll, click here for his website.

For my review on the Elephant Room DVD, click here.

For my blog post about Matt Chandler, click here.

2 Corinthians 5:17

September 6, 2011 — Leave a comment

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! — 2 Corinthians 5:17.

When Apostle Paul wrote this in the original Greek language, he was so excited he forgot all the verbs (he was normally an eloquent writer). So literally it reads, “Any of you Christ? He new creation.”

Originally posted on my Tumblr.