2) Mark Driscoll is apparently starting a new church again.
There is a former Mars Hill literally one block from the church where I pastor.
While this new church will be far away in Phoenix, it is hard not to feel the closeness of Driscoll starting something new without any real signs of repentance or change...and certainly not change on how he views women. A favorite complaint Driscoll likes to make is that the church is "pussified."
And I am a woman pastor.
Literally one block from a former Mars Hill.
And as I ruminate on Advent and Driscoll...and the "pussified" church....
...Somehow, this Advent of Jesus seems to speak to this new advent of Driscoll's broken pastoring.
I love Advent. It is restful. Sacred. Slow. Contemplative.
Soon it will be Christmas Eve. We'll light some candles and sing Silent Night as we reflect on the miracle of God being born in human form. It will be restful, hopeful, bright, and still.
But here's the truth: for Mary, this miracle was not restful or still. It was painful. The night was probably not silent but filled with more angry words and shouts than anyone suspected sweet young Mary capable of. (Have you seen this?)
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Last month, at our group midwife appointment, our midwife went over the process of birth. She talked to us about the pain. About the best positions to avoid more - not any - just more - damage to our....I'll just say it because I'm going to say it again later...pussy. She told us about the process and experienced moms shared about their process.
Me either. But here it comes.
And it came for Mary.
And it came for most women throughout history.
And we survived.
Because women, we're strong!
The "pussy" is probably one of the most badass parts of the body that every day performs miracles as though it were the most normal thing in life. And it is the most normal thing in life. Being born. Giving birth. Each of us is here because someone did it. Because some pussy did it.
Again, Mark Driscoll is apparently working toward a comeback. I'm not stoked on that. And, again, one of his biggest complaints about the church has been that it is "pussified." That it is too feminine. And therefore too weak. That we make Jesus too weak when we talk about his goodness and peace waging in a broken and breaking world. The church is pussified and pussifies Jesus.
And, I want to reply: I sure hope so!
I hope this Christmas, as we remember Mary, we will remember that from day one - from Jesus' first breath - the church has been gloriously pussified!
Bent on bringing life into the world even if it causes injury.
Ready to bring life into the world again after injury.
Getting messy and broken in order to bring something good into being.
Providing pleasure after being literally ripped with pain.
Receiving pleasure after being torn apart to birth something new.
Mark, you like cussing, so I can too:
Damn straight Mark!
The church is pussified!
Wonderfully and fearfully pussified!
And may we be pussified anew with every new day!