The Ridley students’ association organises occasional debates for the college community, and on 27 May 2010, we asked, Will the real Mars Hill please stand up?
Many Australian Christians are interested in what American churches are doing. Mark Driscoll leads Mars Hill Church (Seattle) and Rob Bell leads Mars Hill Bible Church (Grand Rapids). Both churches are named after Paul’s visit to Mars Hill in Acts 17, a pioneering moment in mission and cultural engagement. Yet the two churches, not to mention their pastors, have quite different approaches. Which one might best represent “the Mars Hill moment?”
The debate’s aim was to open up issues for the Ridley community rather than passing judgement on which church is more successful or theologically robust.
Dave Hughes’s slides comparing the two churches are here.
Read the write-up at the Ridley site here.
Arthur Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.