Saturday, July 08, 2006

Kermode, Virgo and Driscoll



You have to listen to Mark Kermode's very funny ranting against Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which is bound to be high quality nonsense. Film reviews from July 7th. These are live on Simon Mayo's Radio Five Live programme every Friday, and good to download too. What Dr. Kermode fails to realise is that we know its like a silly theme park ride... we know it is mindless. But we like that kind of fun, once in a while. And given that Capote and Munich were the last two films I saw its time for a bit of sunsoaked drivel.

Meanwhile, Adrian was at TOAM and loved Terry Virgo and insists that you get familiar with Terry by listening to his Romans preaches from last Septembers UCCF Forum conference - they were best with the front-row seat I managed to bag for most of the week, but they work well on MP3 too! Key quote:
"Lets go and make Jesus famous"

HT Clokester: Mark Driscoll's interview in Christianity Today makes good reading - bring on a revival of chilled-out solidly-reformed Christianity in the UK please! Key quotes:
I am also honest about the pain of pastoral ministry—how pastors are sinners too. I hope the book is funny enough to start to put the "fun" back into fundamentalism.

Reformed theology offers certainty, with a masculine God who names our sin, crushes Jesus on the Cross for it, and sends us to hell if we fail to repent... I came to Reformed theology by preaching through books of the Bible such as Exodus, Romans, John, and Revelation, along with continually repenting of my sin. I am, however, a boxers, not briefs, Reformed guy. I am pretty laid back about it and not uptight and tidy like many Reformed guys.

I have thousands of books in my library and lean most heavily on dead guys for theology and modern stand-up comedians for preaching tips. In the end, I am an old-school, Jesus-loving Bible-thumper with a penchant for the portrait of Jesus in Revelation as an ultimate fighter with a tattoo down his leg.
Time to get on with preparing my talk on Luke 4v1-13 for church next week... Jesus, where we cave to temptation he stood firm!