“Let’s just say this: right now, name for me the one young, good Bible teacher that is known across Great Britain. You don’t have one – that’s the problem. There are a bunch of cowards who aren’t telling the truth.” (source)
I have to infer that either my bible teaching friends are too old, or are just a bunch of 'cowards'. Part of me just sighs and thinks move on and ignore this, don't give air time to what seems such crass pusillanimity. But I think my friend Krish Kandia is right when he says, 'if we don’t engage in conversation nothing will change. I'll let the rest of his careful post be my more detailed response.
Some of what Mark says on his 'blog post for Brits' is more constructive. Krish does seem to have done his research, and Mark's words are as above. And Mark claims that someone who is egalitarian and has any issue with penal substitution is likely to edit him out of context, which seems rather crude and ad hominen. Justin Brierly who interviewed Mark has responded to this claim by Mark.
I've given my life to Church planting in the UK, gladly. But this kind of thing is so enervating. Mark you can do better than this, and us 'Brits' deserve better as brothers and sisters in Christ.
To look at the claim above, and realise how and why it might be offensive and unhelpful, and to simply apologise without reservation, equivocation or qualification, would take some 'courage'.
Otherwise people who dislike Mark have more fuel for that fire, and those who want to listen to him, will find it harder to do so.
(16th January update)
Chris Massey, a 30 year old trial lawyer, abd blogger has taken the time to pull out some of the interview with Mark by Justin. It is staggeringly stupefying.
'Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying', Ralph Waldo Emerson
p.s for those commenting, please be polite and do not compound one round of impoliteness and rudeness with another.