4.29.2007

Mark Driscoll responds to Bill Hybels criticism

What happens when public criticism around a theological hot-button issue involving two well known Christian leaders meets blogs and YouTube? This.

There are many interesting things to observe here like the number of blogs that will speak to this in the coming days or whether Bill Hybels will issue any kind of response to Mark Driscoll. There will be blogs vehemently for and against each of these guys with another share of people taking the middle ground stating they respect both of these guys and don't want to take sides. Few if any people will change their views on the topic and some people will become emboldened and others will be dismayed. But here's what I'll be watching: the views.

I'm going to be watching the view count on the YouTube video over the next few weeks. There are currently 3,820 views as of 12am CST on Monday, April 30. Could this break the 100,000 view mark over the next few weeks? Are there enough people who care about this issue? Will they watch just to see what got Bill Hybels upset? I don't know exactly what we'll find, but the pace of growth may tell us more about the perceived importance around this discussion in Christianity than any of the bloggers will.

6 comments:

Ariel said...

Good point. The # of times the video is watched will be an indicator...

Chris Thomas said...

I like this Mark Driscoll dude. "...their retarded car."

Tom Greever said...

I was at the conference. I wouldn't say it went down exactly as Mark describes it... but it's true that it didn't settle well with those in attendance.

Bill Seaver said...

Thanks Tom. How did it go from your vantage point?

tom greever said...

Mark says it was well received by those in attendance. That's not really true. And it wasn't banned... we showed it! Bill didn't criticize Mark or the video. He simply affirmed the women. Bill was responding to the vibe in the room.

Yeah, it sucks that Mark's team came with the DVDs and couldn't pass them out, but that wasn't the only reason they came to the conference.

I think Mark is blowing it out of proportion. It wasn't nearly as dramatic as he's making it sound.

Right after Bill's talk, though, we had an annointing time... which included some women annointing the male church planters. Not on purpose, that's just the way it worked out. But I thought it was funny in light of the video.

Bill Seaver said...

Thanks Tom. My brother's blog had a response from a person in attendance as well.