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Mark Driscoll (pastor) : biography

October 11, 1970 -

Mark A. Driscoll (born October 11, 1970) is an American pastor and author. He is the founder and current preaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, co-founder of Churches Helping Churches and the Acts 29 Network. Driscoll served as president of the Acts 29 Network, which was also housed at Mars Hill Church, for a short period of time until he passed the presidency to Matt Chandler and moved the offices to Chandler's The Village Church in order to focus more on Mars Hill Church and his writing. Driscoll continues to serve on the board of Acts 29. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values" section of the Seattle Times and the "On Faith" section of the Washington Post. With his wife, he authored Real Marriage, which reached #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List in January 2012.

Beliefs

Calvinism

Driscoll distinguishes between double and single predestination, and says that unlike John Calvin, he believes only in single predestination.

Driscoll denies the orthodox Calvinist view of Limited Atonement and believes instead that Jesus died for all people in some sense, and for some people (the elect) in another sense. (sermon notes for November 20, 2005); and (audio) see especially between 44 and 50 mins He thinks this position was what John Calvin believed, saying in a humorous tone: 'Calvinism came after Calvin... I will argue that the Calvinists are not very Calvin. I will argue against Calvinism with Calvin... What kind of Calvinist are you? I'm a Calvin, not a Calvinist, that came later'. Driscoll also believes that this position (or slight variations thereof) was held by men like Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Martin Luther, and Richard Baxter.

Driscoll has on several occasions cited Charles Spurgeon as having a major influence on his theology, pastoral ministry and preaching.

Emerging church

His description of his association with, and eventual distancing from the Emerging church movement: In the mid-1990s I was part of what is now known as the Emerging Church and spent some time traveling the country to speak on the emerging church in the emerging culture on a team put together by Leadership Network called the Young Leader Network. But, I eventually had to distance myself from the Emergent stream of the network because friends like Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt began pushing a theological agenda that greatly troubled me. Examples include referring to God as a chick, questioning God's sovereignty over and knowledge of the future, denial of the substitutionary atonement at the cross, a low view of Scripture, and denial of hell which is one hell of a mistake.

Gender roles

Driscoll holds to a complementarian view of gender roles.Driscoll, Mark: , Mark Driscoll's blog, September 19, 2006. Retrieved November 15, 2006. He sometimes asks his wife to come up on stage to help him answer questions texted in from the audience,see http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/trial and go to the sermon 'Marriage and Women' 45:38min through he invites her up. and believes that this does not clash with his understanding that preaching/teaching by women is prohibited by Paul in 1 Timothy 2:12.see http://www.marshillchurch.org/media/trial and go to the sermon 'Marriage and Women' 1:01:25min through he clarifies this.

When the Evangelical leader Ted Haggard left New Life Church in Colorado, Driscoll raised an uproar with the comment on his blog: "A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband's sin, but she may not be helping him either." Driscoll later apologized for his statement.

When the Episcopal Church elected a woman as its bishop, Driscoll wrote on his blog, "If Christian males do not man up soon, the Episcopalians may vote a fluffy baby bunny rabbit as their next bishop to lead God's men."

Driscoll believes that homosexuality is sinful and that marriage is between one man and one woman, as was defined by God in Genesis .

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