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December 5, 2006

A woman’s place

One of Seattle’s leading evanglicals may be taking Genesis 3:16 a little too literally:

A grass-roots protest fizzled yesterday after the controversial pastor of an evangelical mega-
church in Seattle apolo-
gized for what critics say were demeaning com-
ments about women.
… The recent furor […] was sparked by Dris-
coll’s remarks after national evangelical leader Ted Haggard admitted that he had bought drugs from a male prostitute.
“It is not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go,” Driscoll wrote on a personal blog. “A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband ... is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.”
On another blog, Driscoll speculated on the recent election of a woman as bishop of the Episcopal Church: “If Christian males do not man up soon, the Episcopal-
ians may vote a fluffy baby bunny rabbit as their next bishop to lead God’s men.”
Driscoll was derided nationally for his blog remarks after the Haggard affair.

Still, Pastor Ted’s family apparently appreciated the sentiment:

I was contacted by Carolyn Haggard, the neice of Ted Haggard. She said that she had been tracking some of the furor in bloggerdom. She wanted to let me know that her family was praying for me, they appreciated the first blog that caused some people to be upset, and they did not interpret it as personally directed at anyone.

And—Praise the Lord!—she also helped Pastor Mark realize that he could really use a PR flack:

At the church Ted Haggard pastored, Carolyn oversees, of all things, media relations. As we have exchanged some emails, God used her as both an encouragement and an instructor. She handles all of the media requests at the church, deals with various protestors, and helps to love the critics of the church. She seems like a wonderful woman whom I look forward to meeting. Through her, God convicted me that I need to hire someone to do what she does. Most helpful would be someone who could keep up with the blogging and media worlds and let me know what is going on so that my critics can be my coaches and help me do a better job of serving Jesus and people.

He could also use a little help with the concept of contrition, if the “apology” he posted on his blog is anything to go by:

I was […] sad and sorry to hear that various things I have said over the years have been received very personally by some people who felt personally attacked.

In other words, it’s all their fault. In fact, Pastor Mark isn’t really sorry at all:

Driscoll said Sunday he won’t apologize for what he believes. “But, if the way it was said was not as good as it could’ve been, then I want to do a better job in speaking what I believe in a way that’s more gracious,” he said.

That may be a stretch, if his blog is anything to go by. Perhaps that’s why the Seattle Times just fired him as one of its religious columnists.

UPDATE: Perhaps Pastor Mark should hook up—in an innocent, Christian way, of course—with Dr Nick Neave.

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