Driscoll: Discerning the Current Vampire-esque Teen Books

What books are being promoted for teens and pre-teens to read these days? Better yet, what books are they actually reading? Are there underlying spiritual issues involved? How do parents handle it? Are parents discerning enough?

As a parent, I am concerned. This brings me to Mark Driscoll’s video below. I appreciate what he has to say. It’s a short clip from a recent sermon. Some have called it a rant. Love him or hate him, here he is.

Do you agree?

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tagged as , in apologetics,Church Issues,Culture

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Resequitur August 19, 2010 at 3:42 pm

This is most certainly one of Mark Driscoll’s specialties, his insight on culture

2 Mark August 19, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Yep, that’s what I pointed out in my review of Religion Saves.

3 Craig August 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I do have to take issue of Driscoll’s dismissal of The Sorceress just by the title. By his logic, we shouldn’t read The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. He could very well be spot on, but, to dismiss a book by its title alone…well, there could be some issues there.

4 Russ August 19, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Good clip Mark. I like his point about the spiritual nature of this literature. (of course everything is spiritual in nature at some level, is it not?)

5 Dave Miller August 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm

That was really good. I want to show that to my daughter.

6 Sam August 19, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Ironic that the video is on being discerning about entertainment. I guess that anything associated with Vampires…i.e Twilight is out but anything with violence is fair game given Driscoll’s affinity to UFC, 24, etc… or the movie kick-a__:

From the Acts 29 Resurgence website where the review/pastor tries to redeem this violence filled R rated movie that includes crude sexual references, frequent cussing and an 11 year old girl uttering profanities.


Plugged in review:


Also, should we be discerning about our daughters watching/listening to his Song of Solomon sermon series? You know the sermon series where Driscoll makes a homosexual reference about Jesus and reduces Song of Solomon to a how to sex manual complete with links on his website to a group of women named Christian Nymphos.

I am sorry but Driscoll and his pastors are inconsistent about “discernmemt” in order to be taken with any grain of credibility. It seems that violence and crude language are OK for christian consumption but any books about vampires are bad.

7 MarieP August 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I thought Driscoll made some very good points. Today’s church imbibes too many things in the name of “entertainment” without exercising discernment. They can protest “it’s just a movie” or “it’s just a song” all they want, but the fact is, that is totally untrue. We would never say that a hymn is “just a song” or a systematic theology is “just a book.” People don’t generally communicate for no apparent reason. I think it’s actually an insult to culture by saying we’re just enjoying these things “for fun.” My guess is that Driscoll stepped on some toes in that sermon. I just hope that all that laughter was out of minds that were taking all this in and not casting his admonitions aside.

8 Terry November 10, 2010 at 1:05 pm

To Sam,

I have been through the peasant princess video series (song of Solomon) by Mark Driscoll many times, & the references which you are noting are not there. There is no homosexual references to Jesus & it is not referred to as a how-to sex manual. I would encourage you to actually go through the series & then maybe revise your post.


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