This blog post will feature two responses. The first is a response to a critique that Jon Cardwell wrote on my new book Jesus Manifesto before it released. I was monumentally impressed with Jon when he personally reached out to me and invited me to respond to his critique. He was both gracious and up-standing to do so.
I accepted his invitation and responded. Jon kept his word and posted my response on his blog as a “guest blog post” the second he said he would. Jon and I have had very friendly interchanges since then. He told me that he was very happy with my response, which I found encouraging.
Back to that in a minute.
The second response is to Mark Driscoll. I don’t know Mark, and I don’t follow his ministry. I’ve never heard a talk by him nor have I ever read any of his books. I’ve never felt compelled to. While we don’t know each other, we have a number of mutual friends. I have heard that he’s brought many young people in the Northwest USA to Jesus (a very difficult place to have a Christian witness). And I rejoice wherever the gospel is preached and people are brought to the Lord, regardless (see Philippians 1). So I am thankful for this.[Continue Reading…]