These are really interesting:
• Mark Dever
• Mike Bullmore
• C.J. Mahaney
• Ray Ortlund, Jr.
• Tim Keller
• Mark Driscoll
They are copies of the preaching notes from well known pastors. You have to look at Mark Driscoll’s… He preached for an hour. Here were Joshua Harris’ comments.
When I originally asked Mark to participate by sharing his preaching notes he declined. So I asked him again. He sent the following email explaining his initial reluctance as well as his unique approach to notes. Mark writes,
Josh, I have hesitated to send you my preaching notes because…they’re usually aren’t any. When I do a topical sermon there are some. But, when I’m working through a text of the Bible I pretty much scratch a few words on a sticky tab and maybe in pencil put a few words in the margin and get up and go for an hour-ish. Most of the jokes, cross references, illustrations etc. are made up on the spot while preaching. In that way I’m pretty Spirit lead. I study a ton going in to fill up, and then get up and preach it out. This is a copy of my Bible from my latest sermon on the first half of Jesus High Priestly Prayer in John 17. I used about half the stuff on the sticky notes and preached for about an hour. I would not commend anyone to preach this way as it’s the pastoral equivalent to driving blindfolded—exciting but dangerous. So, for what it’s worth here it is.
I agree with Mark’s encouragement not to follow his example in this regard. And that’s not because I don’t believe in the leading of the Holy Spirit. But I think Mark is uniquely gifted and has an ability to absorb and recall great amounts of what he has studied. I for one, don’t have this same ability. I say this only because I don’t want any young preachers to get up to preach with two sticky notes either having not studied and prepared enough or, lacking Mark’s ability to remember what they studied, to fall on their face and then blame the Holy Spirit. Repeat after me, “I am not Mark Driscoll.”
Here’s a PDF of two pages of Mark’s Bible and the accompanying sticky notes. And here’s the audio recording of the sermon he preached from them.
Challies Review of Driscoll’s Vintage Jesus. He offers some balanced thoughts on the book.
Also from Abraham Piper:
A few recommendations of Mark Driscoll’s new book Vintage Jesus:
Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears combine profound understanding of modern culture with weighty Christian doctrine that is faithful to the Bible. It’s written in such an interesting style that it’s hard to put down. I strongly recommend it!
-Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Bible and Theology, Phoenix Seminary, Phoenix, Arizona
This new book by Driscoll, one of the most promising young pastors I’ve met, and his theological partner Gerry Breshears, tells the old, old story in a contemporary, exciting, in-your-face manner. Though written to appeal to today’s younger seekers, nothing of classic Christian theology is omitted. Those of my generation may bridle at some aspects of the book—but it’s good if we do. This book is just what’s needed for us to understand how to reach the postmoderns and a great tool to help all of us connect with young seekers. This is both bold and uncompromising. I can highly recommend it.
-Chuck Colson, Founder, Prison Fellowship
If you think that you already know Jesus, think again. This book will open the eyes of many who have yet to see the radical nature of Jesus’ life and teaching. For the spread of the gospel and the advancement of the kingdom, I can only hope many will read this book and embrace Jesus as the true Lord, God, Savior, and King that he is.
-Bruce A. Ware, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Thought this was a very provoking and challenging perspective on ministry. You can view the broader context by going to “The Resurgence.”
I’ve been trying to finish this for a few days. But I thought I’d just come out and post it (so you’re warned I’ve only been 3/4 of the way through it). But what I’ve heard so far, it is very good. His point is, worship is not a peripheral issue, it is the issue. Failure to keep God’s moral commands are symptoms of a worship problem. I think it’s worth everyone’s time to download and listen to this.
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Who is this guy? Mark Driscol is starting to sound like he should be posting on SharperIron.
In summary, here are ten easy steps to destroying a denomination:
- Have a low view of Scripture and, consequently, the deity of Jesus.
- Deny that we were made male and female by God, equal but with distinct roles in the home and church.
- Ordain liberal women in the name of tolerance and diversity.
- Have those liberal women help to ordain gay men in the name of greater tolerance and diversity.
- Accept the worship of other religions and their gods in the name of still greater tolerance and diversity.
- Become so tolerant that you, in effect, become intolerant of people who love Jesus and read their Bible without scoffing and snickering.
- End up with only a handful of people who are all the same kind of intolerant liberals in the name of tolerance and diversity.
- Watch the Holy Spirit depart from your churches and take people who love Jesus with Him.
- Fail to repent but become more committed than ever to your sinful agenda.
- See Jesus pull rank, judge you, and send some of your pastors to hell to be tormented by Him forever because He will no longer tolerate your diversity.