Why I Really Liked Mark Driscoll (Let’s Talk About Sex and Battlefield 3)

Pastor Mark Driscoll is rightly criticized on a variety of issues, both within and outside of evangelicalism. But one of the reasons I listened to his sermons, visited his church in Seattle, and had once planned to spend a summer internship at Mars Hill Church was his frank discussion of issues relevant in our culture.  Driscoll is an articulate and forceful teacher. His gaffes and erroneous beliefs on certain sexual issues are well known, but his summons to young men to fight pornography and video game addiction and be faithful husbands and fathers through Christ is inspiring.

More Catholics need to be talking about those issues. If not, we’ll be the only ones not talking about it. Consider the following excerpt from a recent CNN article titled “The Demise of Guys: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation.” Stanford professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo writes,

Young men — who play video games and use porn the most — are being digitally rewired in a totally new way that demands constant stimulation. And those delicate, developing brains are being catered to by video games and porn-on-demand, with a click of the mouse, in endless variety.

Such new brains are also totally out of sync in traditional school classes, which are analog, static and interactively passive. Academics are based on applying past lessons to future problems, on planning, on delaying gratifications, on work coming before play and on long-term goal-setting.

Guys are also totally out of sync in romantic relationships, which tend to build gradually and subtly, and require interaction, sharing, developing trust and suppression of lust at least until “the time is right.”

Sin has consequences.

I believe the Catechism, Humanae Vitae, and Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body lectures are some of the best resources available in all of Christianity related to sexuality. I’m thrilled to find many  people who have taken that content and converted it to concise, online material.

If you haven’t heard of Matt Fradd, Jason and Cristina Everett, and Chastity.com you should check them out. Also, Devin Rose has been running a series of posts challenging young Catholic men to pursue women honorably. His wife Katie is writing parallel posts for women on her site. Here’s Arleen’s Spenceley’s column in the Tampa Bay Times on virginity that appeared a few weeks ago. 

What are the best Christian online resources related to sexuality you’ve found?

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10 thoughts on “Why I Really Liked Mark Driscoll (Let’s Talk About Sex and Battlefield 3)

  1. I love http://www.goodwomenproject.com

    It’s an ecumenical site, so you’ll encounter many different viewpoints. I believe one of the main problems with the current abstinence movement is its lack of concrete, sincere, and honest questions. The simple men= sexual beasts, women= emotional lambs equation could not be further from reality (50 shades of grey, Magic Mike, ‘nough said). There is little room to talk about/with women with porn addiction, masturbation, lust, etc.
    This article completely floored me, for instance: http://goodwomenproject.com/sex/how-pride-and-virginity-messed-up-my-sex-life

    Disclaimer: the article that is currently up on the front page is uber-controversial, to be taken with a grain of salt. Anyway, on the whole, it is a place for young women to ask the questions they don’t feel they can ask in church.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing my column!

    One of the most profound sex/love/marriage resources I’ve encountered…is unfortunately not online. 😦 “Love and Responsibility,” by Pope John Paul II. However, I did blog some excerpts of it: http://arleenspenceley.blogspot.com/2012/07/books-in-2012-love-and-responsibility.html. But what I posted is only a fraction. The book is brilliant. I just ordered an easier-to-read version called “Men, Women and the Mystery of Love” by Edward Sri.

  3. > “His gaffes and erroneous beliefs on certain sexual issues are well known, but his summons to young men to fight pornography and video game addiction and be faithful husbands and fathers through Christ is inspiring.”

    Absolutely spot on

  4. I used to really enjoy listening to Mark Driscoll. He’s a very engaging speaker and his hour + sermons were not in the least tedious to listen to.

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