Great Expectations

My name is Mark Smith. I'm a guy who loves Jesus, His Word, and His Church. I am filled with Great Expectations for what the future will ultimately bring - Matthew 24:14.

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My favourite verse is Psalm 16:11, my other favourite verse is Acts 20:24, my other favourite verse is Habakkuk 3:17-19, and my other favourite verse is Matthew 24:14.

Thursday, March 30, 2006

An Unfair Comparison?

If I were to compare Joel Osteen and Mark Driscoll, would it be fair? Some would say no - because their ministries are so much different. But I would say yes - because as different as their particular ministries are, they are both still Pastors! So let me compare them for a second....

I'm watching a Vodcast from Mark Driscoll (www.marshillchurch.org) right now and he talked about confession, and the necessity of change after encountering Jesus, and the reality of being a sinner going to hell until meeting Jesus right at the start of the message. (Did he also make a joke that many traditional churches would not laugh at but rather get upset about? Yes...but that's okay :) ) (I'm referring to the joke about coveting his three week old baby in the message "Christians Gone Wild: Servants of Jesus" hahaha...what a guy...)


Meanwhile, I read Al Mohler post on his blog (http://albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=583) some questions that he says need to be asked about Joel Osteen (who is featured in New York Times today and you have probably seen smiling on his best-selling book in your local Christian bookstore) Mohler writes,

"The first question is this -- Would anyone watching his television program, or sitting in his vast church facility, hear in Mr. Osteen's message a clear and undiluted message of Gospel proclamation? Would this person have any reason, based on hearing Mr. Osteen's message, to know himself as a sinner and to understand how the cross of Christ is the only ground of his salvation? Would he come to know that Jesus the Christ is fully human and fully divine, and that He came in order that we might have everlasting life -- not just a good parking space?"

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Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:40:00 PM  
Blogger tattoo_tearz said...

Hey man i need to get my 2 cents in...i dont even know driscoll yet so i cannot say a word on him. But when it comes to Osteen i watched him on televisison every week for over 2 years while i was in prison and i used to really like him...but when i think about it i guess the reason i really liked him is only cuz he's a likeable guy...i never ever heard a message about sin or needing Jesus or Jesus being the ONLY way to heaven or a message on hell...all u ever hear from him is "how to have a good day" kinds of messages...Quinn's 2 cents

Thursday, March 30, 2006 4:41:00 PM  

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