The New Testament itself, of course, from start to finish sees the gospel of Jesus as the fulfillment of all that God had promised to his people in the Old.  On the road to Emmaus, Jesus expounded to the two puzzled disciples all the things in the scriptures which concerned himself.  That remains the foundation of Christian existence.

One of the specific things on which the New Testament insists, again and again, is that in the life, death and supremely the resurrection of Jesus the promised new age has dawned. The return from exile has happened.  ‘All the promises of God’, says Paul in 2 Corinthians 1.20, ‘find their “yes” in him.’  This is in fact the great Return, even though it doesn’t look like people had thought it would.  Instead of Israel as a political entity emerging from political exile, we are invited in the gospel to see Israel-in-person, the true king, emerging from the exile of death itself into God’s new day.  That is the underlying rationale for the mission to the Gentiles: God has finally done for Israel what he was going to do for Israel, so now it’s time for the Gentiles to come in.  That, too, is the underlying rationale for the abolition of the food laws and the holy status of the land of Israel: a new day has dawned in God’s purposes, and the symbols of the previous day are put aside, not because they were a bad thing, now happily rejected, but because they were the appropriate preparatory stages in God’s plan, and have now done their work.  When I became a man, I put away childish things.  Lift up your eyes, says Paul in Romans 8, and see how the promises to Abraham are to be fulfilled: not simply by a single race coming eventually to possess a single holy strip of turf, but by the liberation of the whole cosmos, with the beneficiaries, the inheritors of the promise, being a great number from every race and tribe and tongue, baptized and believing in Jesus Christ and indwelt by his Spirit.

To suggest, therefore, that as Christians we should support the state of Israel because it is the fulfilment of prophecy is, in a quite radical way, to cut off the branch on which we are sitting.  It is directly analogous to the mistake of the Galatians, who thought that if they were members of Abraham’s family they should go the whole way and get circumcised.  It is similar to the mistake of which the Reformers accused the mediaeval Catholics, of supposing that in every Mass they were actually re-crucifying Jesus, when Jesus’ death had been once and for all, never to be repeated, on Calvary.  It is a way of saying that in the cross and resurrection God did not actually fulfil his whole saving purpose; that Jesus did not in fact achieve the fulfilment of Old Testament prophecy; that his resurrection was not the start of God’s new age; that Acts is wrong, Romans is wrong, Galatians is wrong, the letter to the Hebrews is wrong, Revelation is wrong.  Say that if you like, but don’t claim to be Christian in doing so.

 

QuestionWhile you're dealing with Mark Driscoll, what is your opinion of his live-stream approach to addressing the people of Mars Hill? I understand teachers want to reach as many people as possible (and broadcasting to multiple campuses can do that), but I visited MH's Everett campus last month and felt a severe lack of shepherding. Sure, there was some sort of leadership from the digital Driscoll, but I can't see how the humble, 1 Peter 5 shepherd can exist in that situation. Answer

The positive side is that he is able to get his message out to more people.

The negative side is that he is able to get his message out to more people.

Hahah, okay, joking aside.  My issue with Satellite campuses of such is that there is often a lack of accountability and depth.  I have never attended any of MH’s services but through high school, I would attend a massive Calvary Chapel and the majority of my Christian friends IRL have attended their entire lives—so I am familiar.

Frank Schaeffer talked about this in his book ‘Dancing Alone’ how confession has become a muffled prayer in your pillow at night. There is a lack of accountability.  I’ve seen cool expressions of mega churches attempting to have smaller core groups, etc. But where is the accountability? Where is the depth? It just fuels this ‘me-and-Jesus’ individualism which is already rampant in evangelicalism.

If the telos of what it means to be human is to be transfigured into the image of Christ, and Christ is a prize fighter with a commitment to make someone bleed, then we in trouble.  And if we want to multiply that message then we fucked.

Anonymous Asked
QuestionCan you give an example of how Mark Driscoll's eschatology is oppressive? Answer

Horrifying*

But sure, I can give many.  But here’s one.

“Jesus is not a pansy or a pacifist; he’s patient. He has a long wick, but the anger of his wrath is burning. Once the wick is burned up, he is saddling up on a white horse and coming to slaughter his enemies and usher in his kingdom. Blood will flow. Some of those whose blood will flow as high as the bit in a horse’s mouth for 184 miles will be those who did not repent of their sin but did wrongly teach that Jesus was a pacifist. Jesus is no one to mess with.”

*cue shredding guitars, blast beats, and pig squeals*

suzmur Asked
QuestionWhy don't you like Mark Driscoll? Answer

the-violent-take-it-by-force:

gospelofthekingdom:

His oppressive understanding of genders and particularly masculinity, strange obsessions with [anal] sex, cultish practice with leaders in his Church, poor patristic and ecclesial understanding, absolutely horrifying eschatological beliefs, poor ethics in regards to plagiarism, and his need for a Jesus he can beat up.

But particularly; we really don’t need more voices like Mark Driscoll. What a scary theological terrain that would be.

You mean you don’t want a preacher whose idea of shepherding his flock is to stand on a large stage surrounded by ridiculous props and to scream and shout at his congregation audience about Gangsta Jesus?

I wasn’t aware of Gangsta Jesus but I have heard of Cage fighting tattooed Jesus!

suzmur Asked
QuestionWhy don't you like Mark Driscoll? Answer

His oppressive understanding of genders and particularly masculinity, strange obsessions with [anal] sex, cultish practice with leaders in his Church, poor patristic and ecclesial understanding, absolutely horrifying eschatological beliefs, poor ethics in regards to plagiarism, and his need for a Jesus he can beat up.

But particularly; we really don’t need more voices like Mark Driscoll. What a scary theological terrain that would be.

Some girls in the coffee shop I’m at are talking about the need for real men and for voices like Mark Driscoll and whyyyyyyyyyyyyy

"They hid at the El-Wafa hospital.

They hid at the Al-Aqsa hospital.

They hid at the beach, where children played football.

They hid at the yard of 75-year-old Muhammad Hamad.

They hid among the residential quarters of Shujaya.

They hid in the neighbourhoods of Zaytoun and Toffah.

They hid in Rafah and Khan Younis.

They hid in the home of the Qassan family.

They hid in the home of the poet, Othman Hussein.

They hid in the village of Khuzaa.

They hid in the thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.

They hid in 84 schools and 23 medical facilities.

They hid in a cafe, where Gazans were watching the World Cup.

They hid in the ambulances trying to retrieve the injured.

They hid themselves in 24 corpses, buried under rubble.

They hid themselves in a young woman in pink household slippers, sprawled on 
the pavement, taken down while fleeing.

They hid themselves in two brothers, eight and four, lying in the intensive burn care unit in Al-Shifa.

They hid themselves in the little boy whose parts were carried away by his father in a plastic shopping bag.

They hid themselves in the “incomparable chaos of bodies” arriving at Gaza hospitals.

They hid themselves in an elderly woman, lying in a pool of blood on a stone floor.

Hamas, they tell us, is cowardly and cynical.”

"Zionism is militarizing the church."
— Alex Awad, Bethlehem Bible College

I turned in an app to Which Wich this morning and have an interview at 9 tomorrow.  Be praying for that as I really need a source of income and they have really good veggie options :).

Also, some friends wanted me to go to with them to spin class and I am already dying laughing about the entire ordeal.