Young & Driscoll

I’m headed up to Seattle Friday to see my buddy Paul Young. Paul has issued an open invite to Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle’s Mars Hill to join him for a discussion. I’ll be reporting back here on the blog and over at Twitter about that visit.

Pastor Mark has been a critic of Paul’s book, The Shack. So Paul has asked Mark to join him to discuss the book publicly the way it ought to be discussed. No word yet on whether Driscoll is going to show or not but here’s what Paul is saying: 

Mark Driscoll has leveled some serious charges against my writing and by extension against me. He has publicly called me a heretic. I’ve decided to ask him to meet me in Seattle on Sept 10th, from 1-3 PM, and have an open discussion in front of a public audience about the different ways he and I view scripture.

I have asked my good friend Jim Henderson to host this conversation. It will not be a debate but a discussion about our differences and because we are both Christians about the places we are in agreement. The audience will be able to ask questions of both of us.

Mark seems quite fond of telling his congregants to “man up” and I guess I am really asking him to do the same. I would like him to say to my face what he has spread around the world via Youtube, and you can be sure I’ll have a few questions for him as well.

I’m sure many ‘non-Christians’ wonder why someone like Mark can say things like this with impunity. When someone is able to garner 350K views on Youtube, or for that matter has sold almost 20 Million copies of a book, I believe the conversations have become public property.


 If you are in the area, come join us, Friday @ 1PM at First United Methodist Church located at 180 Denny Way Seattle, WA 98109.

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