Mark Driscoll on the White Horse Inn

The latest White Horse Inn show features and interview with Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA.  The guys on the WHI are known for addressing theological issues head on.  The interview was nice and cordial and it would be interesting if Driscoll were on again to tackle some more questions.

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1 Nathan White March 15, 2007 at 11:46 pm

I can’t stand Driscoll’s preaching, but he does seem to be a passionate guy for reaching this lost generation. I didn’t enjoy the interview all that much either; seemed a little bit pragmatic to me.

2 johnMark March 16, 2007 at 6:46 am

Is there anything specific that you think was pragmatic? The way he presented himself in the pulpit certainly didn’t seem so.

Sometimes we do things for pragmatic reasons and don’t even realize it.


3 sosipater March 16, 2007 at 9:31 am

Hey Nathan,

I’m curious as to why you can’t stand Driscoll’s preaching. What exactly can’t you stand? Too conversational or what? And is pragmatic *always* bad? It is a serious question. I think Mark is right. We probably do things for pragmatic reasons, and it is not necessarily wrong all the time. Just some thoughts.

Look forward to listening Mark…one day.


4 Nathan White March 17, 2007 at 6:18 pm


Pragmatic in that they all kept talking about how many people in the Seattle area are coming to his church. Driscoll even said at one point that they’d had 1000 new members this month while preaching thru Ruth -as if that means anything. It wasn’t near the pragmatism of SBC levels, but it was there, and I found it troubling.


He isn’t reverant in the pulpit, he isn’t necessarily expository (he tells lots of stories, makes lots of jokes), he is crude, and I continually get the sense that he is trying to communicate to everyone just how ‘in touch’ with pop-culture he is.

I subscribed to his podcast for awhile, and I was appalled at some of the things I heard. Not necessarily heretical or overly bad things, but his flippant attitude in the pulpit is something that should not be commended. He preaches as if he’s hanging out with his drinking buddies discussing theology -something that isn’t necessarily wrong all the time, but it most certainly shouldn’t be done from behind the sacred desk. My wife listened to some of his sermons too, and she wasn’t wild about me listening any more after some of his sex talks. The mental images that came out of his rhetoric and examples do nothing to honor Christ. I stopped listening to him out of disgust after a short while.

5 johnMark March 17, 2007 at 9:44 pm


For assign pragmatism to Driscoll it would seem he’d have to say something like, “I’m preaching through Ruth this month because I think it will add many new members.” I don’t think he claimed as much.

For now, I just want to ask you something. Why don’t you ask your pastor why the announcements, music, sermon and offering are scheduled the same way every Sunday? Maybe see if he’s willing to mix it up and change the order every Sunday to make sure it’s not being done for pragmatic reasons. Ask if he’ll preach the sermon first. 😉

Russ can speak for himself.


6 Russ March 19, 2007 at 8:56 am

Hey Nathan,

Thanks for explaining. My confession is that I have only listened to about 4 of his sermons and read one of his books, so sounds like you have probably heard him more than me. With that being said, you and I have come away with dramatically differenct opinions. While I don’t agree with all of his word choices, as most don’t, I definitely wasn’t disgusted. I found his introductory sermon on Proverbs to be very beneficial as well as his sermon (still in Proverbs) on being a husband very biblical.

Obviously people in Seattle don’t seem as disgusted or appalled as you are by his preaching, and I think that is important to remember. There obviously is a line to be crossed, but I don’t think he crosses it.

Also, you’re sounding mighty Roman Catholic with the “sacred desk’ comment! 🙂 Just kidding, I know what you mean.


7 Mark April 9, 2007 at 11:15 am

I need to catch up on my WHI listening. It really is a tremendous program. This sounds like a great show. So does the show where they have OS Guinness as a guest!


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