“Immediate presence is confrontational; mediated presence is always easier to domesticate.”
More than anything, this reminds me of the desperate need for solid preaching and teaching in America.
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
“Finally, one might point to the extreme example now being set by groups such as Mars Hill: what does ‘contextualisation’ mean when one man based in Seattle can pipe his message to congregations across the country, perhaps eventually across the world, regardless of any local context into which his messages might be broadcast?” hmmm extreme. I wouldn’t say it would be extreme but I agree with the contextualisation aspect of it. Seattle has a very different and unique culture to it. The listener does have to take into consideration who Driscoll is speaking to (mainly college educated males in their 20’s) as well as the “hipster culture.” ha.
This is a very fascinating read because I attend a multi-site church. There are very few doctrinally sound churches where I live and Mars Hill does teach the Bible. However, it is helpful to get the other perspective of a multi-site church. I see the validity and concern Trueman raises. I will continue to ponder the thought provoking questions about the live worship and the absolute negotiability of physical presence for the preacher.