I know that many of my friends and colleagues will be unhappy that I am reblogging this. However, I think it is one of the most instructional things I have read in a long time. There are many, many, statements made that are tweetable, quotable, etc. If you have ever questioned the status quo of your pastor, church, elders group, etc. and been shut down, shut out, or kicked out, you will understand. Take your time and digest this personal testimony. -Jim
Dear Mark Driscoll:
You were once one of my closest friends.
You were once my trusted mentor and benefactor.
You were once someone who preached the Gospel with a fierce and captivating passion and purity.
You were the one who inspired me to be a preacher… a church planter.
In 1996 I was working as a missionary in West Africa when my mom sent me a recording of you speaking at the Northwest Christian Education conference. I was intrigued, captivated, and a bit disturbed by what I heard. You deconstructed my tidy neat little worldview and described the church as a mission outpost that exists between the gospel message and various cultures. That message convinced me that I could be a missionary at home, and so I returned.
I started attending Mars Hill with my family, driving an hour each way from Mount Vernon down to Seattle. Mars Hill was…
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