What does a sex-drenched society need most of all? Another book on sex, perhaps? Some preachers think so. In Texas, Ed and Lisa Young are promoting their new book on sex from the rooftop of their house as part of a Sexperiment.[Sounds like “Buy our book or we will do something you will regret!”]
And on the blogosphere, Mark Driscoll is promoting the “sex manual” that he and his wife wrote by slamming the British, apparently calling their Bible teachers “a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth” and suggesting that young men wont go to church so long as there are “guys in dresses preaching to grandmas!” [Link]
It’s called PR Driscoll style, but it is quickly turing into the Battle of Superlatives.
Word to the wise: Never insult the British because they are quick-witted, more clever in their use of the Queens English than you are [they invented it], and boast the sharpest critics in the world. And even though they are a small country, they are a great one, too. Or so said Hugh Grant.
In my opinion, its better NOT to stir them up at all. But Driscoll has indeed stirred them up and they are responding.
At the center of the discussion is an interview with Justin Brierley in which Driscoll shares his perspective on the British scene and is either quoted as saying some really dumb things OR has his words taken out of context. We dont yet really know.
Driscoll calls the interview ““in my opinion, the most disrespectful, adversarial, and subjective.”
Both Christian Today and Christianity Mag will run articles on Driscoll. Christianity Mag was known as Christianity and Renewal Mag when it interviewed me back in 2004 on the emerging church and Premier Radio chatted with me the same year. That was back when the emerging church was an interesting subject. Nice people. I will watch for the interview with Justin Brierley.[update: interview is posted here]
In the meantime, Driscoll has A Blog-Post for the Brits and it would be unfair not to read it first if you were thinking of blogging this conversation.
I, for one, do not have time for the discussion. Neither do I want to focus on the sex issue. I actually agree with Al Mohler [surprised?] that there are some things we as leaders DO NOT have to talk about. There is a place for discernment, for mystery, for some intimate secrets, things left unsaid. The bedroom is one of those places.
If you want the skinny on the controversy, and have already read Rachel Held Evans [who hasn’t?] and you dont want to stick your head in the Twitterverse, and you are waiting for Adrian Warnock to say something, then I suggest starting with Bill Kinnon who is getting a lot of blog-action. And Bill points us all to WenatcheeTheHatchet Blog and also to one of England’s finest Bible teachers, Chris Wright, who does not, repeat NOT, wear a dress! At least he didn’t when we were teaching together in Cape Town.
The books: Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together [by Mark and Grace Driscoll] and Sexperiment: 7 Days to Lasting Intimacy with Your Spouse [by Ed Young]