Wesley Bros: There is a name for these people



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Mark Driscoll is pastor at Mars Hill in Seattle, WA, and has made quite a name for himself as a chauvinistic cussing hipster pastor that can beat up Jesus (because he won’t worship a wimp).  There are loads of Christians who still use scripture to silence women, Mark’s not the first or last.  I thought John Wesley and the first female Wesley commissioned as a Methodist preacher, Sarah Crosby, ought to reflect on the news of Driscoll’s early rants under the pseudonym William Wallace. I don’t know why I thought it would be funny to draw Teddy Roosevelt as the manliest man ever who says rude chauvinistic things to Sarah, maybe I just wanted to draw that sweet mustache.

The third panel is a paraphrase of Wesley’s actual words.  It kind of saddened me that a quote about women’s rights from 250 years ago would still be applicable today.

Charlie Baber

Rev. Charlie Baber is author and illustrator of the weekly web comic: Wesley Bros. When he isn’t finding new ways to mash-up church history with modern culture, he has actual responsibilities as a Deacon serving at Highland UMC in Raleigh, NC. Check out Charlie’s site at www.wesleybros.com.

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I am concerned that Mark Driscoll appears to be functioning in the mold of the early Jim Jones and that we will learn one day that there is actually only one leader of all his “branch churches,” and that in the long term he intends that all women will not only be submissive but that they will be submissive only to him and to his lieutenants.

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